Residents and businesses live packed in cheek by jowl in Kings Cross and we all need to stay good neighbours. The Cross Kings on York way is right next to some high density housing and is annoying the neighbours again – waking people up in the early hours on weekdays. The bar is by no means the Backpackers, its truly awful predecessor, but as it becomes more popular it is making noise late at night and causing a mess in the nearby gardens. The smoking ban means more people are now out on the forecourt at night. This has driven two residents to distraction.
"I was awoken from a deep sleep after midnight [on Wednesday night], caused by anti-social noise emitted from the Cross kings Public House…in the form of customers standing in the street pub forecourt, shouting jeering and screaming loudly over a long period of time after 2300hrs. This continued for the next hour or more. I tried calling the Cross kings Public House on their phone number, but received their answerphone instead."
"Only last Thursday night 12th July we had loud music that could be heard from 300 yards away and the forecourt was in use after 23.00hrs. As a result we had shouting and jeering. A number of local residents have been to the premises to complain about the above but we have seen no change."
What worries me the most is that they are not getting what they regard as a satisfactory response from the Cross Kings management. The premises supervisor should be present at all times and respond appropriately.
The Licensing Act makes it clear that residents can trigger a formal review of the licence of a premises that causes nuisance (such as noise) to look again at whether the licence should continue. Or whether new conditions should be imposed, such as security outside the bar in order to keep customers under control, or curtailing music performances. The ghastly Backpackers had licence conditions that required a peak of 14 security guards. If there are not best endeavours by the Cross Kings management to rectify these problems (such as bringing in a security guard voluntarily) perhaps it’s time to have a formal review. The Council licensing department has been contacted let’s see what happens. The Cross Kings Management are welcome to comment in reply here of course, as they have done in the past, so keep an eye on the comments.