A company claims it has finally been forced out of its premises due to the sounds of romping swingers.
The owners of Stovestore are leaving their mill unit in Chorley, blaming their noisy neighbours – directly above – for giving them the push.
However, the swingers club – the No.3 Club, which has been there for five years – says it is doing nothing wrong.
Matthew Jewell and his wife Cheryl, who have run Stovestore, Primrose Bank Mill, Friday Street, Chorley, for the last two years, say they cannot put up with what they describe as “embarrassing” noises coming from the club any more.
Mrs Jewell said: “Customers are stood here and they’re screaming upstairs.
“I’m going red, customers are going red and they’re leaving the shop.”
Problems started for Stovestore when the No.3 Club expanded its opening hours into the working day, as well as its late night and early hours openings.
“It’s more frequent now. They’re open from 1pm onwards,” said Mrs Jewell.
“We were changing all our days for when they were noisiest.
“We know what’s going on up there, but we can’t do anything about it. Nobody can help.”
The Jewells say they have formally complained to Chorley.
“We’ve done that a couple of times, but there’s no law for sexual activities.” said Mrs Jewell.
“It’s two years now just wasted. We’ve spent thousands of pounds here and we’re going to have to leave. We have so many customers that return to us here.”
An example of daytime activities now taking place at the No 3 Club is “greedy girl day”, which, says the club’s website, began last month and is held on the first Wednesday of every month, between noon and 10pm.
The Landlord to both the No 3 Club and Stovestore is Frank Patterson.
He said: “The No 3 Club came into the unit five years ago, Cheryl and Matthew have been there two years. There were two other tenants before them and it wasn’t a problem.
“Now the No 3 Club has extended its hours into the working day.
“I’ve heard the noises and it’s not acceptable. I’ve spoken to the No 3 Club about it on numerous occasions on behalf of Cheryl and Matthew and they’ve made no effort to improve the situation. If anything it’s got worse.” He added: “I’ve written to the No 3 Club and, if and when they renew their lease, I’ve told them there will be a restriction on them operating during the working day.”
No 3 Club owner, who said she only wanted to known as Mary, said she had suggested soundproofing, and had changed a day the club opened so it did not conflict with when the Stovestore was open.
“I’ve done everything I possibly can. I don’t want them to move. I don’t think they like my type of business. They knew what it was before they moved in.
“I’m very disappointed and quite upset they’re moving. I’ll be sorry. I don’t want to interfere with anybody else’s business.”
Councillor Paul Walmsley who is responsible for regulatory services at Chorley Council, said: “The council has received a complaint about the No.3 Club, but as both parties are commercial premises, we do not have the powers to enforce nuisance proceedings.
“We will, however, continue to ensure they are compliant with their licence agreement as we would do with any other premises.”