A DECISION by South Tyneside Council to reject an application to stage live performances outside a seafront pub has come under fire.
Bosses at the Rattler, on South Shields seafront, had submitted an application to stage up to six events in a marquee on the car park at the pub between now and the end of October.
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.
The council’s licensing sub-committee threw out the application to “ensure the prevention of public nuisance”. However, that ruling has been criticised on the Gazette’s website, with many readers saying that the concerts would have provided an opportunity to attract much-needed visitors to the town.
One of the contributors to the debate was the promoter of a celebration of indie music staged in a marquee outside The Rattler last weekend.
He wrote: “Although I feel the local residents have grounds for concerns at being kept awake until 10.30pm, I also feel that this decision is short-sighted at best.
“The retro music festival was attended by 450 people. Some 33 people came from Leeds, 21 from Manchester and 19 from Glasgow.
“They all stayed in local hotels. I have all this information through our online ticketing system.
“Taxis, restaurants, bars, hotels and clothes shops all will have had increased trade.
“Previously that day, we had a children’s event, with 400 attending.
“The day before, there was a festival for local bands.
“They were all positive things for the town, bringing in business and promoting the area.”
Another message reads: “I am left shaking my head at this decision.
“It is understandable that people are concerned by noise, but once in a while won’t hurt.”
However, the decision has been praised as a “victory for common sense” by one of those who opposed the application, Jim Douthwaite, who lives just yards from the pub at the caravan park.