STUDENTS are hoping to silence a city centre nightspot as they fight against plans to extend its music licence.
Fabio Ciampolillio, boss of La Spaghettata restaurant and bar in Saddler Street, in Durham city centre, wants bands and recorded music to be able to played for another two hours, up until 2am, and for seven days a week, rather than from Monday to Thursday and on Sundays.
He has also asked for permission to allow dancing up until the same time and until 1.30am on Fridays and Saturdays at the bar, which hosts and plays jazz bands.
But while students may have a reputation for their party antics, several studying at the city’s university and neighbours have challenged the application.
They, along with Dr David Stoker, county councillor for New Elvet and letting agent Q Student will argue against it at a meeting of Durham County Council’s statutory licensing sub-committee to make a decision at a meeting next week.
Mediation sessions, where Mr Ciampolillo said he has already carried out soundproofing and double glazing work, have already failed to resolve the issues.
In a letter to the council, students Daniel Mushin, Robert Philips, George Mitchell, Emma Hoggart, Alex Wilson and Chris Fitzpatrick, who live next door, say their bedrooms are just 12ft to 15ft away from where the music is played.
They believe the noise will be unacceptable.
They state: “We are here at university to study and we have worked hard to achieve a university place.
“The disturbance caused would be unacceptable as 2.30am is far too late for a restaurant, but as we know it really is a nightclub application and we do not want our studies affected.
“There will also be an increase in antisocial behaviour if another nightclub is allowed.
“You only need to look at the police presence in North Road late at night to see the implications of this.”
Coun Stoker also highlights how the business is in a World Heritage Site.
Q Student has said students have a right to enjoy their home in a “safe and quiet manner” and says the extension would also cause problems re-marketing the properties in the area to new tenants.
The meeting will be held at 1.30pm in the council chamber in Spennymoor tomorrow.