A BAR in Ashley Cross could be forced to install a council-approved noise limiter after a “significant” rise in complaints.

Camden Bar and Kitchen’s licence will be reviewed next week following a request by BCP Council environmental health officer Paul Barker.

He said "various" complaints had been made since the middle of June including the noise from customers and of barrels being moved.

Multiple out-of-hours visits have been made by the council since then with a report saying music coming from the Bournemouth Road bar was "well above" acceptable levels.

“Noise complaints regarding this premises have increased substantially,” his request said.

He said the council had issued the bar’s designated supervisor with a formal warning and in recent weeks four visits had been made after 11pm at which music was found to be too loud.

“Since receiving the warning two further visits have been made and again the music levels were causing disturbance,” he added.

“Upon making [the management] aware of my intention to call a review it transpired that required attenuation work that was supposed to have been implemented when Camden extended had not been carried out.”

Because of this the review request has been supported by council planning enforcement officer Caroline Turner.

She said the bar had breached the condition by not submitted a noise report following construction of the extension and that "it would appear" the bar had been open past its allowed closing time.

Members of a council licensing sub-committee will consider the review when they meet on Thursday (December 19).

They have been asked by Mr Barker to apply a condition to its premises licence requiring amplified music to be played through an in-house system with a “noise limiting device” agreed by council officers.

He said he had not requested the removal of the licence after the bar’s owners raised concerns the move “may prove to have a substantial detrimental effect on the business”.