TOWN-hall bosses have ruled a building should not be used as a function suite after neighbours complained about noise and parking problems.

In September, The Bolton News reported how people living close to the Al Hira Banqueting Hall in Mossfield Road, Farnworth, had raised concerns with Bolton Council about the venue.

Some disapproved of noise from ceremonial drummers at Asian weddings and others disapproved of fireworks being set off.

Others said they were unhappy with noise coming from the venue and the number of vehicles parked outside.

Now, local authority staff have agreed with 10 objectors and have recommended the building no longer be used as a function suite.

An Al Hira spokesman said: “We have noted the council’s decision and will appeal against it.

“We have the right to stay open during the appeals process and plan to do so.

“We are confident that we have not done anything wrong and are confident of winning on appeal.”

If the venue loses the appeal, it will not be able to be used as a function suite.

In her decision letter, Bolton Council planning officer Jeanette Isherwood said: “It is considered that the proposal will have an unacceptable impact on the surrounding residents by means of general disturbance by noise and excessive vehicle movements, and will not provide for sufficient on-site parking, contrary to council policy.”

Al Hira used to be Dixon Green Labour Club and opened in August 2014. It employs 30 staff and holds about 30 celebrations a year.

Ms Isherwood added: “The siting of this venue in a small residential street is considered to be unacceptable.

“It is noted that the previous use of the building was as a social club.

“However, by its very nature, this venue attracts far more visitors at any one time than the previous use.”

She did not accept the venue’s claims that problems had ceased since venue staff took action over the drumming.

Objectors welcomed the council’s decision and stressed they did not just object to the drumming.

Rachel Whelen, who lives on the street, said: “Local residents submitted complaints about noise from drumming, but also about noise from wedding guests, sports cars speeding down the cul-de-sac, fireworks, as well as parking situation.”