Neighbours angry over noisy church hall parties

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RESIDENTS have claimed rowdy parties at a Sheffield church hall are affecting their mental health and spoiling children’s sleep.

People living near Meersbrook Park United Reformed Church, Chesterfield Road, are opposing a bid for a premises licence to have live and recorded music during events at the church hall between 9am and 11pm, seven days a week.

The church is not applying to sell alcohol and says any groups wanting to hire the hall would be ‘vetted’.

But several objections to the application have been received from neighbours on Burcot Road, Beeton Road and Chesterfield Road, supported by two local councillors.

Sarah Hardcastle, one of those opposing the application, said: “There are no objections to the church itself and we welcome the community hub it provides for local classes, etc.

“However, a licence for private events involving music up to 11pm is unsuitable and recent events have affected our quality of life.”

The Burcot Road resident said ‘unacceptable’ sound had been heard from the building during previous events, which have included Asian weddings with fireworks and ‘frenetic’ drumming outside - having ‘a negative effect on babies and young children in terms of their ability to sleep’.

She said: “The public nuisance these events have caused has directly affected our mental health. The uncertainty of not knowing when they are taking place, or their frequency, has meant we can’t make plans to have friends around as the level of noise renders the evening ruined.”

Kerry Corker, of Chesterfield Road, claimed partygoers had been seen drinking, despite the no-alcohol policy, and complained of ‘loud music, noise nuisance and bad behaviour’ from people attending parties at the hall.

Elaine Ross, of Beeton Road, branded the noise from one event, featuring drumming, as ‘intolerable’.

Councillors Tim Rippon and Cate McDonald have told officials they ‘support the concerns of residents’.

Sheffield Council’s licensing sub-committee is set to rule on the licence on Tuesday.