East London residents have called for a wedding to be cancelled and complained that venue is a “neighbour from hell” with guests screaming and screeching. Newham residents complained that Hibiscus Community Centre caused noise and disruption until the early hours of the morning and asked the local council to reject an application to host a wedding for 150 guests at the venue.
The complaints could ruin the big day for a happy couple who had hoped to have their wedding there in June. Residents living close to the East London community centre said events held there caused a huge amount of noise, with nine complaints sent to Newham Council about anti-social behaviour there since August 2021.
Hibiscus Community Centre used to regularly host live music, film nights, sporting events and other activities, but its licence was revoked in 2020. Individual events like weddings can go ahead if given individual licences.
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The council’s commercial environmental health team sent a letter to the council saying many residents had complained about past events held and that the team’s officers had visited the community centre a number of times because of overly loud music. One resident said: “Another weekend of loud music and loud loitering from our neighbour from hell: the Hibiscus Community Centre. Why are they allowed to hold these kinds of events in a residential area populated by families with CHILDREN?!!! Please, revoke their licence! This cannot go on.”
Another added: “There were a lot of young adults hanging around outside the Hibiscus screaming and shouting causing a lot of commotion. The police were actually called at around 12:30am (Sunday 6th Feb) including three territorial support vans to remove these people away from the area.”
The environmental health team also said they had received other complaints from residents about noise, anti-social behaviour and loud music. They said in one instance: “On 7th August 2021 a complaint was received at 23:34 concerning loud music and screeching.”
Council officers visited the community centre on at least three occasions to find large groups of people drinking and causing noise, some still in the venue after the licence allowed them to be. A Newham Council meeting on March 31 will consider the licence application for the wedding at the community centre in June. The Local Democracy Reporting Service contacted the Hibiscus Community Centre for comment.