Posted: Thu 25 Nov 2021
Objections have been raised over plans for a Flintshire pub to sell drinks outside after neighbors raised concerns over ‘appalling’ noise levels.
Pub chain Marston’s has applied to change the George and Dragon’s license in Flint to allow continued use of an extensive outdoor garden created during the Covid-19 pandemic.
It would allow alcohol to be sold permanently in an outdoor bar and music to be played outdoors until 11 p.m. every day.
However, locals said they had experienced problems with noise from the pub’s beer garden in the past, preventing them from sleeping or leaving their windows open.
Complaints have also been filed regarding issues of anti-social behavior caused by patrons of the Church Street pub.
Those affected include elderly residents living in the neighboring Llys Raddington Extended Care Housing Program.
In a letter to Flintshire Council, Anne Ellis, whose mother Betty lives in one of the apartments, said: ‘I have witnessed amplified sound played for extended periods and non-social hours causing public nuisance. .
“It affected sleep patterns and forced us to close all windows and the patio door to the balcony.
“I witnessed fights and drunken behavior in the garden following a concert outside a group.
“I have seen members of the public leave the premises drunk in the wee hours of the morning, supporting each other.
“If a license change is granted, I cannot imagine what life will be like for my mother and the other residents of Llys Raddington. “
The local authority’s pollution control officer opposed the changes after confirming that several noise complaints were being investigated over the pub’s beer garden.
North Wales Police did not raise any opposition before a meeting to decide whether to apply the variation next week, subject to a condition of monitoring noise levels.
Tera Buckley, who lives in Llys Raddington, is among other residents who have written to oppose the pub’s proposals.
She said: “The nuisance caused by the music and the appalling noise levels from the beer garden is already a huge problem for the neighborhood.
“I live overlooking the commercial park and I can only imagine the chaos that would occur: more drunk and anti-social groups, loud music that I can hear through my own closed doors and windows.
“I shouldn’t have to live under these circumstances.”
Marston’s suggested a number of steps to help alleviate the problems.
He said the outdoor bar would be busy at all times when used with licensed activities typically ending at 10 p.m.
The company said, “The outer zone has been operating during the pandemic period and is expected to continue operating in the future.
“The licensing of the area and the provision of an external bar will improve surveillance of the area and significantly improve social distancing while reducing foot traffic, thus supporting the goal of public safety licensing.
“It is not expected that the authorization of the outer zone will cause crime and disturbance or public nuisance.
“The hours relating to regulated activities for the outdoor space have been limited in the application. “
Members of the board’s licensing subcommittee will meet on Tuesday, November 30 to decide on the application.
Liam Randall – Local democracy reporter (more here).