As we know, SE1 will never be an entirely residential area. Commerce is interwoven into most of our streets and has been for centuries.
Various types of that commerce come and go: think of all the warehouses that are now flats, rebalancing the previous mix. And if business activity involves shops and restaurants, their presence is mainly found pleasing. But offices now represent an increasing proportion: a boon to the daytime retail trade but a soulless weekend legacy.
Meanwhile new residential developments continue to pop up - often in proximity to existing trading establishments or spaces where (such as under all those railway arches) new businesses can start.
The question for me is: do we want to live in some form of suburban monotony where the pubs all close dutifully at 11 and no more fun is to be had?
Me, I'm a block and a half from the Ministry of Sound and have never heard a peep. For most of us I suspect intrusive noise comes much more often from neighbours - or the interminable road digging - than from any public venue, nightclub or not.
My thoughts exactly about the soft opening, so hopefully tomorrow night will be a success and fun for all involved and no I don't want a 'suburban monotony'. As a matter of principle I never complain about music (or anything else for that matter). I'm married to a bass player and I love my music loud, but there's loud and there's loud and this was LOUD! It started around 4pm on Saturday and didn't stop for approx 12 hours. The licence, which has been approved, is very specific about noise in the surrounding area, so I'm sure this was just a blip and no one who lives as close as I do will be bothered from now on. How the 4500 people who've apparently pre-bought tickets for tomorrow night's opening are going to get home afterwards however ..... that's another question entirely!
In agreement with others here I do think we have to be wary of instantly assuming the worse of these places. Arcadia on Southwark St is closer to me than Pulse and I'm not aware of any consequential impact that that establishment has had on my quality of life. If we were to live by a negative code of 'what ifs', 'buts' and 'maybes' life probably would have never left the pond.
Commerce has been interwoven for centuries your right Boroman, but unfortunately I can only comment on the late forties and fifties as regards of noise from pubs!
Most people worked and had to get up at the crack of dawn, and the pub closing hours were normally adhered to. Pubs closed at 11pm and the last orders bell rang at 10.50pm and every one moaned but complied. If any one was lucky to find a publican who would risk breaking the law and let you have 'afters' you would creep out quite as a mouse...
It is difficult to Balance the two, enjoyment for pub/club clientele and neighbours rights to a nights sleep.
London is a great place to work and play, but as long as the powers that be don't forget that it is also a place where people live, and children who have to get up for school in the morning!
reading this you may think I am a killjoy, but honestly I am not..:-)
There was an informal meeting with Pulse management and local residents on Thursday night, which was organised by BRF - see earlier posting.
Apparently there are only 17 club nights between now and the end of the year, it seems that all other events are corporate daytime events. We were told the next club night isn't until 16th April, then Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday, one in May, none in June or July - presumably that could change.
Additional soundproofing will be installed, but some other remedial action was taken to minimise the noise last night and it certainly wasn't as bad as last weekend. There appeared to be an awful lot more people though - when I came home around 1am they were queuing down Southwark Street to Hopton Street and were still queuing when I went to bed around 2.30. Must be mad - it was freezing out!
Another informal meeting is planned in about a month, once the additional soundproofing has been installed. Anyone who has any concerns could perhaps contact Bankside Residents Forum direct.
Friday/Saturday. Noise from the new Pulse nighclub continued until 6 in the morning. I have just learnt that the same will happen on Saturday/Sunday. The operators of the club have stated that additional soundproofing is being installed. Ear plugs seem to be the only way to get a nights sleep.