NEW measures are set to be put in place to prevent noisy customers of a snooker club in High Wycombe disturbing neighbouring residents.

Nearby flat owners tried last month to use recent changes to licensing laws to try and slash the opening hours of the Hurricane Room, formerly Fast Eddie's in Corporation Street.

The residents of the Bankside development opposite said late night noise from drunken revellers was making their lives miserable.

The club, which had the latest opening times of any venue in Wycombe, had been able to open until 3am Sunday to Wednesday and 6am Thursday to Saturday.

A Wycombe District Council licencing panel, which met on May 14, has cut the club's hours by an hour from Thursday to Saturday - it will now close at 5am.

And club members will not be allowed entry after 2.30am on any night.

The licencing panel said these moves, suggested by the licence holder of the Hurricane Room, were "proportionate and necessary" to avoid public nuisance.

Other measures put forward by the panel include the installation of a CCTV system, door supervisors on duty from 9pm to the end of opening hours, and signs asking customers to leave quietly.

The Hurricane Room has been asked to provide customers with a means of ordering taxis and, encourage them to wait for lifts inside the building. Members were to be made aware of the new opening times by mail.

The decision notification said: "The requirement to send a mail shot letter to all members is to avoid members turning up in the early hours of the morning and arguing with door supervisors over the new entry rules."

Mike Kirkwood, spokesman for the Bankside residents association, said: "We collectively decided we wouldn't appeal the decision, mainly due to the CCTV updates that were suggested. Hopefully it will make a difference."