Coyotes: 'It's not the scantily-clad girls, it's just the noise'
By Kent and Sussex Courier | Friday, September 13, 2013, 16:15
A CLUB aimed at "spicing up" Tunbridge Wells with bar-top dancers, could face a licence review after residents complained of noisy revellers and thumping music.
From left are Emma Sexton, Holly Johnson and Kiri Burrows on the opening night of Coyotes sports bar in Tunbridge Wells
review requested: The licence of Players Coyotes sports bar in Church Road Tunbridge Wells could be modified
bar-top dancers: Left, Nelly Oakeshott and Becky Teubler
Coyotes Sports Bar in Church Road Tunbridge Wells.
Players Coyotes sports bar is owned by James Pemble, who promised the town at its launch last October, scantily-clad female staff dancing on the counter "to cheesy music and throwing water around".
But the "loud amplified music" and noisy punters have worn on the patience of residents, and this week environmental protection officers at Tunbridge Wells Borough Council have asked for a review of Players Coyote's premises licence.
A hearing will take place if the request for a review is approved, and this could result in the licence being revoked or suspended. If a hearing is held, the council could also modify or add conditions to the licence.
Neighbours said they were enduring loud voices in the back garden of the premises, music so loud the lyrics could be clearly heard and doors slamming until 3am.
Joel Hewett, 22, moved from his Church Road flat a week ago, saying the noise from the front of Players Coyotes played a "big part" in his decision.
He told the Courier: "It was a nightmare. Thursday, Friday and Saturday involved ear plugs during sleep regardless of what time.
"I complained to the council and soundproofing was put in. It made a huge difference, but every time the door was opened you heard it."
Asked if he thought the racy bar was unsuitable for Tunbridge Wells, he said: "It doesn't seem particularly popular. It is fair if people want (that sort of thing) however, it is the wrong sort of bar for there.
"It is really in a house. It's not a purpose-built place."
Council documents show officers made countless efforts to chivvy the management and owner to carry out works at the rear, including supervision "at all times" of the garden and smoking area, sound-proofing and a closure of the garden at 11pm.
With the first public complaints received in October, negotiations have been ongoing with the owner.
The council said this week: "There is an application for review of the licence for Players Coyotes sports bar in Church Road on the grounds of the licensing objective Prevention of Public Nuisance because of the level of noise from the rear gardens."
Mr Pemble was unavailable to speak to the Courier.