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FEW TWEAKS: Quirky bar sees licence changes backed

FEW TWEAKS: Quirky bar sees licence changes backed

Stockton Council Municipal Buildings, Image: Google Street view

A quirky bar which faced claims of “blaring” music disturbing neighbours has seen its licence bid approved, but not without a few tweaks. 

Marshall’s, on Yarm High Street, will be allowed to serve drinks slightly later after a licensing panel backed a new set of conditions for the pub this week.

But Stockton Council licensing committee has ruled the former Union Arms still won’t be able to accept customers from the east side of a four metre wall at the back of the pub.

The quirky bar saw a makeover in the summer by the operators of The Ship, at Redmarshall, and The Prickly Pear Bistro, in Middlesbrough.

A total of £250,000 has been spent on the overhaul with tapas-style food with influences from around the world – alongside everything from afternoon tea to cocktails.

However, a meeting last week heard allegations of late night noise from the bar from concerned Brewery Yard residents.

There were also pleas for licence conditions agreed 20 years ago to be kept as they were.

Residents Geoffrey and Lesley Shaw told the hearing they objected vehemently to any changes in the use of land and serving hours hitting their living standards.

Mr Shaw said: “Do we want another pub in Yarm with extending licensing hours leading to further cases of anti-social behaviour?

“No we don’t.”

Claims of “flood light pollution” and noise disturbance earlier this month were also aired.

Mr Shaw added: “Our properties adjoin the Union Arms and we’re suffering now.”

But councillors later heard the owners refuted allegations about noise coming from the pub – pointing to noise surveys by council environmental health teams which had found no problems with noise or light.

Solicitor Piers Warne said: “The music offer is very much in keeping with a restaurant – it’s quiet, low key and to encourage and facilitate discussion.”

A decision report by the committee agreed the bar should be allowed to serve drinks in the garden area until 10.30pm.

The committee found the owners would run the pub responsibly – but it also noted how residents were “extremely concerned” about noise.

This saw them add two conditions to the licence.

One was to ensure contact details were given to residents to log complaints or concerns – alongside a second to properly investigate any problems.

They also kept some of the requirements from the previous 1999 licence – including ensuring no play area equipment, keeping the dividing wall at the back, and not allowing punters in via the east side of the barrier.

The committee feared there was potential for customers to congregate near residents’ homes on the grassed area at the back if this final rule was lifted.

The report added: “It appears that this area has acted as a buffer for local residents and property owners – and ensured that no public nuisance or disorder has occurred in that area.”

 

Words: Alex Metcalfe, Local Democracy Reporter


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