Wrestlers have been told they can get to grips with each other on Blackpool’s North Pier...but they will have to keep the noise down.
The venue, which hopes to host wrestling and boxing matches in its sun lounge this year, had a bid to hold the events until 2am knocked back by council bosses because of fears about noise nuisance.
Instead, a council licensing panel said the activities could be held, but would have to finish at midnight.
The concerns follow on from events, including a dance night, held on the pier last year which triggered more than 50 complaints to the council about noise – including about bad language from one of the DJs.
Steve Flint, from Blackpool Council’s environmental protection team, said: “When the pier has previously held events until 4am, we’ve had a lot of complaints.
“In August last year, it was exacerbated because there was so much swearing and bad language.
“The complaints were from people who could hear bad language in Regent Court flats on the Promenade, and from as far away as Devonshire Road.”
He added on some occasions, more than 50 complaints were received.
Dominic Herdman, operations manager at the pier, said the Sun Lounge was currently being redesigned following recent storm damage, and it was hoped re-positioning the stage might help direct noise away from the Promenade.
He said: “We have been approached by a wrestling promotor looking to put events on the pier – possibly in high season on Saturdays in the sun lounge – to finish before midnight.”
He said talks had been held with a sound engineer to resolve noise issues.
Longer hours and a new room for resort bar
The panel also agreed to an extension of the alcohol licence, allowing the pier’s bar to open an hour earlier at 10am. It also approved changes to the layout of the Merrie England bar to create a function room.
Mr Herdman added: “We want to extend the operational potential from three months to more like nine.”
The pier has 28 days in which to appeal.