A CONCERT featuring a top Czech singer can be held in a Bradford community centre after a licensing panel gave it the go ahead.

The Pakistan Community Centre on Jervaulx Crescent is due to host a concert by Jan Bendig on July 9.

The organiser of the event, Tancos Juraj had applied for a temporary events notice that would allow the performance of live music and for alcohol to be served at the centre between 5pm and 11.30pm on the day.

He expects around 300 people to attend the concert.

Temporary events notices can be used to host events in venues that do not have a full licence, but only a handful can be applied for each year for a single venue.

However, Environmental Health officers at Bradford Council had raised concerns about the planned event, saying they had received noise complaints after other events at the venue.

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They said a resident of a nearby street had raised concerns about “noise and disturbance” after previous events at the community centre, some of which went on until the early hours.

Their concerns meant that the Bradford District Licensing Panel would have the final say on whether the event went ahead.

Mr Juraj told the panel, meeting on Tuesday, that the concert would be for families, and he expected a number of children to attend.

Jan Bending, the singer behind hits such as Viva La Vida and Keby Bola Moja, will be flying over from Europe for the concert.

Mr Juraj said this would be the third event he had held at the community centre, in Manningham, this year. None of the previous events he organised had led to visits from police or environmental health officers – members heard.

Environmental Health Officer Carol Williamson said a resident had contacted Environmental Health recently to complain about events at the centre lasting until around 2am.

However, the complainant had said they would not object to an event that ended at 11.30am.

She acknowledged that Mr Juraj could not be held responsible for noise from other events being held at the centre.

But she hinted that there could be further investigations into the centre if it holds other late-night events, saying: “It may be something this department has to monitor in future.”

Mr Juraj said there would be security employed for the event, and customers would be encouraged to leave the venue as quietly as possible. It would go on no later than 11.30pm.

Members agreed that the event should be allowed to go ahead.