From the Dover Express, 2 April, 2009
RESIDENTS CALL FOR ACTION OVER CLUB.
Group wants police to step in over antisocial
Exclusive by Kathy Bailes
DRUNKS urinating in the street, couples copulating outside people's
windows and ear-splitting music in the early hours are just some of the
complaints Dover residents are making about a nightclub in their road.
Members of the Adrian Street Action Group are pleading for Dover
District Council and Kent Police to take action over the level of noise
and antisocial behaviour outside of "Club Karma," and return peace to
A spokesman for the group said; "We want a noise Iimiter installed.
"We accept there will be antisocial behaviour, but that is a police
matter and they should patrol the area more vigorously.
"This has being going on for over a year and at least four different
residents have made complaints to the council about the noise and
"I used a noise meter outside my house one night and it registered 86
decibels. A jet taking off is 100 decibels, so that's an idea of what we
have to put up with.
''This is mostly on Fridays and Saturdays until 3am or, when there is
a temporary event notice, it can be up until 5am."
The spokesman said the most recent complaint was made this month,
adding: ''A sex act had taken place outside one of the flats and people
were urinating in the road.
"The police and the council agreed to let this club have a licence so
they should make sure there are no problems.
"I agree there should be a nightclub in Dover but it should have to
respect the neighbourhood it is in."
Labour ward councillor Jim Hood said residents have been in touch
with him and he has taken their concerns to enforcement officers at DDC.
He said: "I have spoken to the noise control officer at DDC and they
have visited the site and are monitoring it.
"Residents now need to put in writing their complaints so it can be
"Once there is a written complaint, the noise control officer can act
A DDC spokesman said: "We are aware of concerns and continue to look
into this matter. Residents have the right to call for a review if the
licensee is not actively promoting the licensing objectives,
for more information residents can call the licensing team on 01304
"If there are concerns about noise and/or anti-social behaviour, residents can call the Out of Hours Noise Team on 01304 821199, or the
Unit on 01304 612220."
A Kent Police spokesman added: "Licensing officer PC Steve Alexander is
aware of a number of local residents who have expressed concern over
issues arising from the premises.
"Most of these are noise-related and are being dealt with by
When the Dover Express attempted to contact "Club Karma" the listed phone
number was dead,
Emails were sent but no response had been received at the time of going