A PUB has won a battle to open longer – despite objections from the community.
Some nearby residents claimed their lives have been made a misery by noise and behaviour of some customers of the New Derby, in Roker Baths Road.
A Sunderland Council licensing meeting to decide on the extension was attended by residents, but they were too afraid to have their names published.
One man said: “We have a number of concerns.
“My family and I have lived there for 10 years, and we always used to go in to the pub for meals.
“But for the last two years the atmosphere and the noise have been terrible.
“We have adults and children climbing up and looking into our garden, but I do not want to challenge them because I do not want my family put into an awkward position.
“We absolutely dread the summer coming because of the noise and the music, and there’s a real feeling of intimidation.
“We have even seen naked dancing on tables, and when we complained we were told ‘what’s it got to do with me?’
“I am also concerned about retribution to us which could follow because of our protest.”
Another lady told councillors: “I’m a single person and live by myself, and I cannot sit in my garden because the noise just gets louder and louder during the day.
“I also have beer bottles thrown into my garden.
“I am now on anti-depressants because of this, and none of you would want to live in my position as the noise is horrific.”
The landlord said that he had tried to deal with the issues raised at the time, and that he could not be blamed for a lot of the problems because young people today have become unruly.
The committee granted Greene King’s extension to the opening times, but only on certain days, and added conditions.
The New Derby will be allowed to open for an extra hour on Fridays and Saturdays.
It has been told to fit CCTV in the beer garden, and to stop drinking outside after 9.30pm.