Karaoke until 5am is ruled out of tune

Tang Restaurant
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A Chinese restaurant’s plan to stage karaoke parties until 5am has been booed off stage by councillors.

The owners of Tang in Fylde Road, Preston, applied to extend the venue’s opening hours to cater for late night live entertainment.

But the city’s licensing sub-committee threw out the request saying it was “totally unrealistic” in an area which was largely residential.

Coun Javed Iqbal, one of the threeman sub-committee who voted unanimously to refuse the application, said: “The owners of Tang were asking for far too much. We couldn’t allow something like that when there are so many houses nearby – even right next door.

“It’s in totally the wrong place. Had it been in the city centre then it might have been a different matter. But even there 5am is very late.”

Tang currently shuts at midnight on Sunday to Wednesday, 1am on Thursday and 2am on Friday and Saturday. The application was for a licence to sell alcohol until 4.30am every day and 5am for music and live entertainment, including karaoke parties.

Objections were raised by the council’s own Environmental Health Department and three local residents.

Senior environmental health officer Ian Massey’s objection was on the grounds of “prevention of public nuisance,” in particular noise due to the restaurant’s close proximity to houses.

And one householder, with a young child, said he and his partner were concerned about the effect late night noise would have on their daughter.

Coun Iqbal added: “Right next to Tang is a reasonably large residential area where there are many elderly people, families with young children and people working shifts.

“The sub-committee was unanimous that it was unacceptable.”

The owners of Tang, which occupies the former premises of the well-known old pub Dr Syntax, were unavailable for comment.