Neighbours oppose Seaham hotel plans

Numbers 1 (right) to 9 Tempest Road, Seaham. Judith Lennox plans to use no's 3 and 5 as a hotel.
Numbers 1 (right) to 9 Tempest Road, Seaham. Judith Lennox plans to use no's 3 and 5 as a hotel.
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PLANS to resurrect a seafront hotel venture have been met by opposition from neighbours.

Judith Lennox, from Ashbrooke, in Sunderland, has bought 3 to 5 Tempest Road, in Seaham, with a view to boost proposals to create accommodation, as East Durham is marketed as a tourist destination.

In addition to offering food and drink to guests, Ms Lennox has applied for permission to host a variety of events at North Pier Lodge.

They include Punch and Judy shows, plays and film screenings, celebrations including Burns Night, tea dances, hosting community groups, sports including trampolining and live music.

However, the Echo understands the reason the licence application to Durham County Council covers such a wide range of activities and entertainment, is so the venue could potentially hold them without the need for further proposals, rather than having any immediate plans for them to take place.

References to the general public are believed to refer to people visiting guests, rather than the venue being open to customers coming in off the street for drink or food.

Ms Lennox, who states she has worked with vulnerable people and councils, has put together an extensive list of measures to reduce the risk of and deal with nuisance behaviour.

These include the installation of CCTV, a Challenge 25 policy, refusing drink to anyone who has had enough, employing door staff, ensuring all staff are CRB checked and working with the police and council.

Neighbours of the venue, which was previously run for a short time as a hotel, have said granting permission for the activities would impact on their families and out of character in a residential area.

County councillors Dan Myers, who lives in nearby North Terrace, and Bob Arthur have objected.

Coun Arthur said he was against the proposals on the grounds of public nuisance and public safety.

He added: “The premises originally were three-storey townhouses for many years and are surrounded by similar structures.”

He said the proposals would be detrimental to the neighbourhood and the property is also situated on a busy road and a junction.

Coun Myers raises similar concerns and said the licence would “fundamentally alter the character of the area” with noise and parking issues causing a disruption to neighbours and affecting traffic in the area.

The town council also believes it could lead to antisocial behaviour, congestion and increase in noise.

The application will go before the county council’s statutory licensing sub-committee at 10am on Friday, April 13, at the civic offices in Chester-le-Street.

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