Property firms object to Dundee restaurant’s licence bid for live music over ‘noise’

Gavin Baird, right, is one of the objectors to the plan at City Quay

Businesses at Dundee’s City Quay are locked in a row over noise and “rude” visitors amid plans to hold functions at a nearby unit.

James Fyffe has applied to the city council to change the terms of his licence at Unit 25, where he operates The Quay restaurant.

He wants music, including live bands, to be allowed at the venue along with an extension of drinking hours until 1am, gaming and televised sports.

The venue has a cafe bar on the ground floor with a function suite on the first floor.

But some companies already based at City Quay have called on the council’s licensing board to knock the proposals back when members meet today.

Papers lodged with the local authority show that property firms Ryen and Ross & Liddell disagree with the plans.

Gavin Baird, one of the objectors to the plans.

Gavin Baird, a senior property manager with the company, said that his company’s premises were directly below the restaurant.

In a letter to the council, he said that his office had already been affected by “excessive noise” from work that took place on the venue.

He added: “Since the completion of the works our business has been inconvenienced by the noise from above.

“There are currently a number of groups meeting there during the working week which rely on a loud speaker system. We believe that previous events have included toddler play groups and other professional events.

“The noise from the restaurant is travelling straight down the metal supports to our office which is proving to be disruptive to our business.”

He also claimed that staff in his company were being “pestered” by “rude” people who “interrupt important business to ask for directions”.

Unit 25 is based within the main City Quay building

Audrey Millar, an administrator with Ryden, also wrote to the council to object to the changes.

She said: “The weekly children’s morning sessions cause noise problems for us.”

Mr Fyffe told the Tele that he was doing everything he could to address the businesses’ noise concerns.

Mr Fyffe, who also owns JF Kegs, said he had been in the pub trade in Dundee for 25 years.

He added: “I have employed a sound consultant and we are dealing with the noise issues.

“I took over the restaurant in April and carried out a major refurbishment of the premises.

“The previous owner ran children’s events but we will be holding no children’s events at all.

“We will be holding conferences during weekday hours and we will be holding functions at weekends.

“I visited the neighbouring businesses myself and was aware of the noise.

“Closing the balcony door is one way we can reduce noise.”