Caravan owners win noise battle as pub events licence is refused

HAPPY ... caravan owner Jim Douthwaite, opposite The Rattler pub, who had applied for a live performance application.
HAPPY ... caravan owner Jim Douthwaite, opposite The Rattler pub, who had applied for a live performance application.

RELIEVED seafront caravan owners have hailed the rejection of a licence to stage live performances just yards from their homes as a “victory for common sense”.

An application had been made to stage up to six events in a marquee of the car park at The Rattler pub, on South Shields’ seafront, up until the end of October.

However, the move was opposed by people living a short distance away at Sandhaven Caravan Park.

They raised concerns about the potential for late-night noise and disturbance.

Now, the council’s Licensing Sub-Committee has thrown out the application to “ensure the prevention of public nuisance”.

The decision has come as a huge relief to retired Merchant Navy chief engineer Jim Douthwaite, who gave a passionate address against the proposal to the committee last week.

The news comes after a music festival went ahead at The Rattler on a separate licence last weekend.

Mr Douthwaite said the noise from that event – which included a tribute to Indie music legends The Smiths – was “horrendous” and “vindicated what we had been saying all along”.

He added: “We are very pleased at this decision. It is a victory for common sense.

“The noise on Saturday and Sunday was horrendous.

“A television fell off its plinth in one caravan and another person became nauseous because of the sounds.

“The council warden was there gathering evidence and reported back. I’m told that the noise levels submitted were amongst the worst ever recorded.

“What I can say is that the wind was blowing off the land over the weekend. If it had been blowing off the sea the noise would have been even worse.”

A petition against the plan, signed by 60 residents, had been submitted to the committee.

If the licence had been agreed, it would have enabled the pub to stage such activities as boxing and wrestling bouts, live plays and film screenings until 10.30pm.

A spokesman for South Tyneside Council, said: “Following careful consideration of all of the evidence presented at the hearing, the Licensing Committee decided to reject the application to ensure the prevention of public nuisance, the prevention of crime and disorder and to ensure the protection of children from harm.”

No one from The Rattler was available for comment.

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