LOCALS who live near a “Nightmare” Cricket clubs claim they are constantly being held up by noise – and it’s getting worse.
Local residents accuse visitors of the neighboring club of drinking alcohol all night and letting their cars roar while loud bass blasts from the venue into surrounding homes.
Locals claim they also saw the rioting people urinating near their homes in West York, leaving their empty bottles and other rubbish behind.
And while those who live near Leeds’ Caribbean Cricket Club say they’ve had enough, the venue’s license has just been extended into the wee hours.
However, the club argues that money raised from its events goes directly back to the community and denies the music has kept anyone awake over the past year.
Sharon Mancini, 63, is one of those who live nearby – and says she’s struggling.
The grandmother told The Sun: “If I had known about the club I probably wouldn’t have moved in.
“The heavy bass music shakes the windows and when the bar closes people come out making noise and roaring their cars.
“I feel sorry for my neighbors, they’re older, it’s all a bit too much for them.”
Sharon claimed the noise lasts “all day and all night,” adding, “There are a lot of kids going to school and when there are events going on it can be difficult to get them to rest at night.”
Neighbor Jane Butt said while she wasn’t struggling as much as Sharon, she did have compassion for others.
The 69-year-old said: “I’m lucky because I sleep like a log but I feel sorry for my neighbours.
“They can’t open their windows in the summer because of the noise.”
She is thus commenting on an extension of the license.
Jane said: “We sort of accepted it for years because they could sell alcohol until 11pm – but an extension to 1.30am is just ridiculous.”
“Just because they stop serving doesn’t mean everyone goes straight home. They will be outside making noise until 3am.
“It’s not about being a partygoer – there are young children and elderly people whose lives are being disrupted.
“If I threw a party in my garden until the early hours, the police would be there immediately and tell me to pack my things.
“Well, this club is in practically every one of our backyards, and the council says it’s fine.”
The club, whose space can be rented for birthday parties and wedding receptions, was permitted to sell alcohol until 11pm Sunday through Friday and midnight on Saturdays.
But despite complaints from locals, Leeds City Council officials agreed to extend the club’s alcohol license until 1.30am at the weekend.
If I had known about the club, I probably wouldn’t have moved in.
Club secretary Reginald Hamilton told councilors that while residents have a “right to complain”, the club has not held a late-night event since June last year.
He said the venue and its members could not be the source of the recent complaints.
A complaint made to the council read: ‘When they started the cricket club they only had a small pavilion which was perfect.
“Now they basically want a nightclub. Personally, I’m tired and tired of the loud music, the cars revving their engines and honking their horns all the time.
“Because of the noise I can’t even sit in peace in my garden and getting this license will only make things worse.
“That’s the worst idea I’ve ever seen.”
Mr Hamilton, the club secretary, said at a licensing hearing that the application was necessary to support community cricket and described the club, which was founded in 1948, as “an asset to the local community”.
He told the room: “We are not funded by any other organization.
“Whatever we do, we do it to strengthen the community and generate money so our junior teams can play cricket and we can play cricket.”
And not all neighbors were in opposition.
Nkosi Dube, 37, said he has had no problems with the alcohol extension despite supporting the club from home.
The father of two said: “I’ve lived here since 2017 and we haven’t heard anything that has affected us.
“It’s fine – we’ll just close the windows. It’s not that bad that we would complain, but I don’t know about my neighbors.”