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Music fans call for U-turn on licence rejection

SILENT FIGHT ... nearly 2,000 people have signed a petition calling for a licence to be granted for live music events at The Rattler after South Tyneside Council turned it down.

SILENT FIGHT ... nearly 2,000 people have signed a petition calling for a licence to be granted for live music events at The Rattler after South Tyneside Council turned it down.

HUNDREDS of music fans are making a noise after council bosses rejected plans for live music at a South Tyneside pub.

An application to stage up to six events in a marquee of the car park at the Rattler pub, on South Shields seafront, until the end of October, was turned down by South Tyneside Council’s licensing committee last week.

The bid was opposed by people living a short distance away at Sandhaven Caravan Park, who voiced concerns over the potential for late-night disturbance and also lodged a 60-name petition against it.

The decision, which came after a music festival went ahead at The Rattler on a separate licence, was backed by retired Merchant Navy chief engineer Jim Douthwaite.

Caravan owner Mr Douthwaite said the noise from that event – which included a tribute to Indie music legends The Smiths – was “horrendous”.

He said: “We are very pleased at this decision. It is a victory for common sense. The noise on Saturday and Sunday was horrendous.”

The council’s licensing committee rejected the application for the “prevention of public nuisance, the prevention of crime and disorder and to ensure the protection of children from harm”.

But now nearly 2,000 people have supported an online petition calling on council chiefs to reverse their decision – and let the music play on the seafront.

The petition – set up by Jarrow resident Andy Wright on the www.change.org website – states: “Recently an application for a licence for live music performances until 10.30pm was requested by The Rattler.

“Residents in a nearby caravan park signed a 60-name petition to block the issue of a licence on the grounds of “The potential for late-night noise and disturbance”.

“These are the residents of the same caravan park which is immediately adjacent to Bents Park, where many live music events with top music acts have been staged right across the summer.

“The same caravan park with a funfair not 500 yards away, is part of a busy seaside resort.

“During the recession South Shields has been hit harder than many towns in the country, the revenue generated by seafront attractions is essential for regeneration.

“I urge you to sign this petition to reverse the council’s decision.”

More than 1,850 people have already pledged their support.

Steve Burton, from South Shields, wrote on the site: “Everyone should be given the opportunity to give their business a chance to survive in a town which has seen so many closing down.”

Stephen Taylor, also from South Shields, added: “The town’s biggest asset is the seafront. The Rattler is doing a fantastic job of trying to promote South Shields and get people to visit the town.”

Gary Howe, from South Shields, added: “The Rattler request is reasonable and should be granted on the basis that it is occasional and more people want this to happen than do not.”

The petition is online at http://www.change.org

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