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Grays Court inquest: Neighbour tells of hotel ‘noise’
A NEIGHBOUR told a public inquiry he had suffered four years of noise and other disturbance from an historic York hotel.
Kevin Mohan claimed yesterday that after late-night wedding functions at Grays Court, taxi drivers queued with their engines running and sometimes “pipping” their horns.
He claimed deliveries to the luxury hotel near York Minster took place as early as 6.15am and laundry lorries blocked garage access areas and mounted kerbs, causing safety concerns for pedestrians.
He was also disturbed by bands and discos during summer months when windows were open. He said: “When functions are on, I can sing along to the lyrics of songs.”
He also claimed a glass recycling bin store for the luxury hotel near York Minster was located directly below his daughter’s bedroom, attracting wasps and flies.
Mr Mohan was speaking a day after the hotel’s owner, Helen Heraty, alleged she had suffered a “campaign of harassment” from Mr Mohan over his complaints about noise – allegations he declined to comment on.
The inquiry at City of York Council’s headquarters, West Offices, was considering an appeal by Mrs Heraty against a council enforcement notice ordering its “unlawful” use to cease. She claimed planning permission had been granted when permission was given for a bed and breakfast in 2006, but this was denied by the authority.
Andrew Oates, chapter clerk to the Dean and Chapter at York Minster, spoke yesterday of his concerns about the impact of noise and smells from the hotel kitchens on residents of a nearby property owned by the Minster and suggested conditions should be imposed to protect them.
Council official Gareth Arnold told the inquiry that officers had witnessed disturbance late at night, caused by the voices and laughter of hotel staff, and the clattering of cutlery, when its kitchen windows were left open. But under cross-examination he admitted there had been no technical monitoring of sound levels by the council.
He said that should the inspector be minded to grant planning permission, conditions should be imposed allowing only two functions a month to last until midnight on Fridays or Saturdays or 11pm on other days, with a 9pm closure for the rest of the time.
Grays Court suggested conditions that it should be able to stay open until 11.30pm on all Friday and Saturday nights and 10.30 pm on other days.
• The inquiry decision will be published later this month or next month.