Wednesday, 16 August 2017

'Noisy' pub smoking shelter is staying put

PLANS for a new smoking shelter at a Charvil pub have been approved despite concerns over

PLANS for a new smoking shelter at a Charvil pub have been approved despite concerns over noise and foul language.

The Wee Waif in Old Bath Road applied for retrospective permission from Wokingham Borough Council for the 2.3m by 3.8m timber shelter, which is on the outside patio of the pub.

It was part of a refurbishment project which began last year. The Greene King pub was closed for three weeks in April and May as the bar was extended, booths with their own TVs were added and the toilets were refurbished.

But neighbours say the new shelter causes noise and anti-social behaviour close to their properties.

Sandra Duncan, of Kilowna Close, said: “Since the new shelter has been in place, the gatherings of large groups of people at the rear of our fence continues later, longer and for many more months of the year. This has increased the frequency of disturbance and disruption significantly.”



Mrs Duncan added that she had stopped her children playing in the garden so they wouldn’t have to listen to “foul language” from people using the shelter.

Zoe Heywood, of Kilowna Close, said the noise during night time had caused her to call the pub to complain and that the smell of cigarettes at her property was “revolting”.

She added: We are not smokers and we have a lovely back garden but in the evenings, especially as summer is coming, we are loathed to use it as it’s noisy and stinks.”

At a meeting in March, parish councillors objected to the plans on the grounds that the proximity of the shelter to nearby houses was “unneighbourly” and “unacceptable”.



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