Hebburn pub’s bid for midnight licence sparks objections from neighbours

Wardles in Hebburn wants to stay open until midnight.
Wardles in Hebburn wants to stay open until midnight.

A pub at the heart of a close-knit South Tyneside community faces opposition from some neighbours over plans to remain open until the midnight hour.

Later this month, the council’s Licensing Sub-committee will consider an application from Wardles, in Albert Street, Hebburn, to allow the premises to operate from 11am to midnight on Friday and Saturday, as an alternative to the existing 11am to 11pm.

We are the only Hebburn pub without extended hours

Michael O’Neill

There is also a bid to extend Sunday opening hours by half an hour to 11pm.

But the proposal has not gone down well with some people in the surrounding streets who say they already face disturbance from rowdy and noisy customers late at night and blaring live music.

In response, Michael O’Neil, Wardle’s designated premises supervisor, said the premises, formerly The Albert, was one of the only pubs in Hebburn not to operate with extended hours and that every effort was taken to restrict disturbance for local residents.

Lynn McKie and her husband Keith, who live just yards from the pub, said the situation was “bad enough as it is” without extending hours.

Mrs McKeith, 55, said: “The weekends are the worst. It’s not just the loud music and shouting, you get the taxi drivers hooting their horns when they are picking customers up. Our granddaughter stays over and she gets disturbed by the goings-on.”

Pub bosses had originally asked for opening hours to be extended until 12.30am Monday to Sunday, but reduced the request after discussions with Northumbria Police.

Mr O’Neil said: “I think we are the only pub in Hebburn that does not have a late licence. We have all the necessary signage up asking our customers to respect neighbours in the area and we have agreed with the police conditions.

“I understand the objectors to some extent, but the pub has been here since 1908 – and if you move into a property beside a pub, there will always be some element of noise.”

The Licensing Sub-committee will meet at Jarrow Town Hall on Monday, August 17, from 10am.