Pub owners' cheers could be followed by a hangover

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 05 June, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 05 June, 2004, 12:00am

Bars and restaurant operators yesterday welcomed the overturning of a noise ban on Chasers.


Their relief, however, came amid warnings from a local district councillor that there could be further action from the government to combat noise problems.


However, Joseph Cheung King-tai, chairman of the Knutsford Terrace Association, said the previous noise requirement may have an impact on nearly 20 restaurants and bars in that area.


'I personally cannot comment on how the ban has an actual impact on Chasers' business. But it gets quiet after 11 when I pass by,' he said.


Mr Cheung himself operates a string of restaurants and bars.


He added that restaurants and bars at Knutsford Steps were already showing consideration for residents by turning down music after 11pm.


'Chasers also follows this rule. But it just happens that Chasers has double doors and noise can be more easily heard,' he said. 'It is just unfortunate that people residing inside the building above Chasers are a bit sensitive.'


Richard Fung, who lives on the eighth floor above the bar, spoke of months of frustration after repeated complaints to the Liquor Licensing Board.


'It's always very noisy and even at 4.30am we can still hear music,' he said.


'One of my neighbours on the third floor even moved away because it's so unbearable. Sometimes people on the first two floors can feel walls shaking because of the loud music.'


A spokeswoman for the Lan Kwai Fong Group said while they had never encountered the same situation, they closed their windows after 11pm to minimise noise.


Dennis Wong Chun-hung, a Yau Tsim Mong district councillor, said the latest court ruling was not the end of the story. He said more than 100 residents in Tsim Sha Tsui had complained to him about noise problems from entertainment hubs.


'They have all filled in surveys detailing where the noise comes from and how they feel about it. I already passed them to the police and the Environmental Protection Department to take further action,' he said.


He said the Chasers incident was not an isolated case.