Police object to new karaoke bar
Councillors are to decide if a karaoke club will be able to open in the city centre.
Vics bar, in Churchgate, has applied to Leicester City Council for a music, entertainment and alcohol licence.
The club, which holds 50 people, would be based above the Eataway Chinese restaurant and would be open until 4am on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3am Sunday to Thursday.
However, the premises falls within a saturation zone – an area of the city which the council regards as already having too many pubs, clubs and bars.
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A spokesman for the bar said the venue would be by reservation only, and although it was aimed primarily at Chinese students, it would be pen to everyone.
He said: "I really hope that the councillors accept our arguments because we're really trying to help the Chinese community – there's not many places in the city for Chinese people to feel at home so this would be a real bonus.
"Karaoke is a huge form of entertainment in our culture and we just want to bring it to people Leicester."
So far, there have only been two objections to the application, from the police and one resident.
A police spokeswoman said the force would not comment on the application as it could be prejudicial to next week's licensing hearing.
Gurpeed Dosanjh, from the city council's noise team, has submitted his views on the proposals.
He said that it was possible music from the premises would cause a noise nuisance to residents and recommended that all doors and windows be kept closed during business hours, should the application be granted.
He said an agreement had been reached with the applicants about doing this.
Ward councillor Patrick Kitterick said: "The people behind this plan will have to convince the licensing committee that this licence won't lead to public nuisance or crime and disorder if it gets the go-ahead."
Councillors will decide whether to refuse or grant the application on Friday.