Sunderland bar to install noise-busting device to help keep pub quiet

The New Derby, Roker Baths Road, Sunderland.
The New Derby, Roker Baths Road, Sunderland.
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A popular pub is to introduce a device which will limit the amount of noise its customers make as part of new improvements.

The New Derby pub, in Roker Baths Road, Roker, is making a number of changes to its building in the coming months.

We’re a community pub and the last thing we want is to not get on with our neighbours.

Hugh Maloney, of Greene King

The venue’s owners, Greene King, want to bring in new double doors which will lead out to the pub’s beer garden, increase the kitchen area size and put in toilets for disabled people.

The application to vary the licence was granted, with chairman of the committee, Coun Peter Gibson, saying that the customers will not be allowed to use the beer garden after 9pm, and a noise limiter will be installed which will stop music should it exceed a set level.

Changes were discussed as the company applied to vary the premises current licence at a meeting of Sunderland City Council’s Licensing Sub-Committee.

Residents who live in Lonsdale Road, just yards from the pub, said they are concerned about the changes after problems with noise and anti-social behaviour from some customers.

Hugh Maloney, of Greene King, said: “We’re a community pub and the last thing we want is to not get on with our neighbours.

“We do stuff for charity and that’s what we are about.

“We’re not naive and we know that we have had some issues, for which we apologise.”