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‘Like a party seven days a week’ - neighbours’ noise fears over burger van drink plans

PUBLISHED: 13:09 25 August 2020 | UPDATED: 18:24 25 August 2020

The First and Last pub is poised to become homes Picture: Liz Coates

The First and Last pub is poised to become homes Picture: Liz Coates

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A burger van could be set to sell drinks in a former pub garden if a council agrees to grant a licence for the proposals.

A Yankee Traveller sign has gone up at the old First and Last pub in Ormesby St Margaret Picture: Liz CoatesA Yankee Traveller sign has gone up at the old First and Last pub in Ormesby St Margaret Picture: Liz Coates

Plans to serve alcohol and play music from a burger van in the beer garden of the former First and Last pub in Ormesby St Margaret have been submitted to Great Yarmouth Borough Council (GYBC) for approval.

But residents have voiced complaints about the idea, saying noise from the premises is like “being forced to attend a party seven days a week”.

The application will be discussed at a meeting of the council’s licensing committee, held on Tuesday, August 25.

The pub itself, on Yarmouth Road, would not be used - and is subject to a separate planning application to convert it into three new homes and garages.

The duo wanted to serve alcohol from their burger van in the front beer garden of the First and Last Pub, Ormesby. Pic: ArchantThe duo wanted to serve alcohol from their burger van in the front beer garden of the First and Last Pub, Ormesby. Pic: Archant

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The applicant, Charles Thurston, of Hurston Hospitality Limited, has applied for a new premises licence to park a burger van in the outside area.

If approved, it would sell drinks from 11am to 11pm each day, and play music during the same hours.

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And Mr Thurston, who will act as the site’s designated premises supervisor, said only “subtle background music” would be played, and added: “We are a well-managed and established business with professional staff well trained in licensing objectives.”

But objections from neighbours cited fears over noise and disruption, with one claiming he would be forced to move house due to the disturbance from the van.

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Alan Vigus, of Yarmouth Road, said: “I can hear it from my home and it is very distressing not to be able to sit in my own garden. I feel it’s an invasion of privacy.”

He added: “I’m very concerned that noise will continue and I won’t be able to sleep. I have informed my landlords I would find it impossible to remain here if the application is approved. The prospect of leaving fills me with anxiety and disappointment.”

While Paola Moore said: “This is like being forced to attend a party seven days a week... all day, every day, 365 days a year.”

But Mr Thurston said: “Duty managers are trained to manage any situations and work closely with the police. CCTV will be in operation 24 hours a day.

“Noise levels, waste disposal and crowd control will be monitored by duty managers.”

Objections from environmental health and the police were withdrawn after the applicant agreed to conditions.

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