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Bridlington Marks and Spencer to Become Pub

Bridlington Marks and Spencer to Become Pub

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Joe Gerrard at 4:37pm 2nd June 2020.

A vacant Marks and Spencer in Bridlington is set to re-open as a pub, but late night music will not be allowed on its roof terrace to protect nearby residents.

East Riding Council’s Licensing Act 2003 Sub Committee has approved an application from Amber Taverns to convert the store, at 8 Prince Street, into The Three Brass Monkeys Pub.

The council included a condition that no music would be played in the pub’s outdoor roof terrace after 11pm.

It comes after residents in neighbouring Cliff Street said noise from the pub could be disruptive.

Residents and the owners of other establishments nearby were also concerned a new pub would lead to a rise in anti social behaviour in that part of the town.

Gary Roberts, Amber Taverns’ operations director, told the committee the venue would be a community style pub where nuisance and disruption would be kept to a minimum.

Mr Roberts said acoustic screens would be fitted in the roof terrace and that volume controls in the pub’s speaker system would ensure noise did not disturb those living nearby. He added a blanket ban on outside music would have been a “deal breaker”.

Mr Roberts said:

“We believe this pub, which will be our 156th in the country, will be a good investment for Amber Taverns and for the town.

We’re investing £1.2m into the Three Brass Monkeys and we plan to create five to six full time jobs with its opening.

The outdoor terrace we want to put on the roof will be a great facility that will stop customers smoking and drinking in front of the pub.

We’re a very traditional community pub company and we don’t want to trade too late.

We’d be looking to start closing the pub down after midnight rather than letting more people in.

Any music we play outside will be monitored through a noise control device. The manager would not be able to just turn it up if they wanted to. The noise level would be about 80 decibels which is the same level as a passing bus.

If anything we put more measures in than we have to because we want a safe atmosphere for our guests and staff.”

Amber Taverns stated the pub’s opening hours would be 10am to 12.30am Sunday to Thursday and until 1.30am on Friday and Saturday.

Its application added the pub would stay open an hour later on bank holidays and other key dates such as Christmas Eve, New Years Eve and Easter Weekend.

The company said would hire door staff when needed, including to monitor later entries and to act as security during large events such as big sports games screenings.

Craig Pickering, a resident living near to the building, told the committee a new pub would disturb locals and could bring anti social behaviour into the town.

He added residents and local businesses were concerned that would harm the town’s family friendly image.

Mr Pickering said:

“I don’t think a drinking establishment of this scale is needed in a family friendly part of the town.

This pub would be open until the early hours of the morning seven days a week. I and others are concerned about that, especially after we’ve done away with large nightclubs in this part of the town.

There’s flats that overlook the roof terrace. It’s fine saying it’s the same volume as a bus going past but you wouldn’t want to have to listen to that all day.”

Robert Forester, who runs another pub nearby, told the committee he was also concerned about public nuisance and anti-social behaviour.

Mr Forester said:

“Our premises doesn’t play music outside but because we’re close to this one it would be difficult to determine who was playing it.

We’re also concerned about their plans for security. We don’t want to be in a position where we’re effectively providing security for them.”

Committee chair Cllr Bernard Gateshill said members decided to approve the application because it would bring investment and jobs to Bridlington.

But members chose to ban music outside after 11pm, which Mr Roberts said Amber Taverns were happy to abide by.

Cllr Gateshill said:

“We do not want residents to be adversely affected by this.

We’re confident Amber Taverns will act in a reasonable and responsible manner. If there are problems in the future then this can be brought back and we can amend or revoke the license.”

The council previously licensed an Amber Taverns restaurant in the other half of the Marks and Spencer building in 7 Prince Street. Marks and Spencer closed the store in April 2018.

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Barra, on 2nd June 2020 8:15pm
This is FANTASTIC NEWS it’s just what’s needed in Bridlington, it’s got to be better than another closed shop unit. Thanks to the planners you have given the correct decision.
Chappas, on 3rd June 2020 9:39am
Exciting news but I dont see why some are complaining, apollo and other pubs are on that same street so it's not like it's the first of it's kind there. Look forward to seeing what it's like when it opens. But wont last very long if too expensive for drinks when there is cheaper pubs around.

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