BOSSES of a South Tyneside social club say they aim to be “good neighbours” after anti-social complaints from residents.
Some people living near the former Jarrow Ex-Servicemen’s Club in North Street in the town, say the premises regularly spark noise and other issues.
There are also concerns that streets around the Jarrow Ex – recently renamed The Tunnel Club – are becoming what one unhappy resident called “a pub crawl area,” with several other nearby licensed premises.
Coun Emma Lewell-Buck, a Labour councillor for the area, has backed residents in their campaign to block any further extension to the club’s opening hours.
Objections have also been lodged by the council’s own environmental health department.
But speaking ahead of an application for a change in the club’s opening hours, due to be considered by South Tyneside Council’s licensing sub-committee this week, a spokesman for the owners say they aim to win back the trust of local residents.
The spokesman said: “In this application for a premises licence, the club is not applying to serve alcohol any later than is already granted on the club`s certificate.
“The club is licensed to serve alcohol until midnight, seven days a week.
“We are investing a lot of money in the premises, with our neighbours in mind.
“We want to actively pursue being a good neighbour.
“We have installed a state-of-the art, 16-camera CCTV system and recently obtained planning permission to transform the outside, so not only will it look nice for our neighbours, they will see the windows removed and replaced with glass blocks, which will result in noise escape being reduced to a minimum.
“Following our recent meeting with some residents, and taking on board their concerns, we are actively asking people leaving the premises, particularly late at night, to do so quietly and respectfully for our neighbours.”
The licensing sub-committee will consider the club’s application for a half-hour extension to 12.30am at its meeting at South Shields Town Hall, at 10am on Friday.