SPOKE OUT: Applicant defends street food venue plan
75 Park View in Whitley Bay, where the new street food venue could be, Image: Chronicle Live
The firm behind plans to turn a former North Tyneside banqueting hall into a street food venue has spoke out after the proposals were criticised by a local councillor.
Canny Leisure Group North East has asked North Tyneside Council for permission to sell alcohol from a premises in Whitley Bay.
If the plans are given the go-ahead, the business will be selling “independent craft beers, wines, spirits and cocktails,” from 11am to 11pm Sunday to Wednesday and Thursday and Friday and Saturday 11am to midnight.
As well as selling drinks, the Park View premises will also be used as “unique setting for street food”.
But ward councillor John O’Shea has raised concerns that it could cause problems in the area.
He raised fears about smokers congregating outside the venue on a “very narrow pavement”.
Coun O’Shea was also concerned about noise, deliveries and the impact on traffic.
Director Victoria Bones says that objections like these block investment and growth in local town centres.
She said: “We hear time and time again from North Tyneside Council the need for a regeneration of our town centres, in particular Whitley Bay – yet when it comes to a vote on more investment and jobs in these town centres councillors like Coun O’Shea actively try and block it.”
Ms Bones said that the venue would seek to build a good relationship with those living around it.
Ms Bones continued: “Concerns around deliveries, smoking and taxis could be an issue but our operating would be in line with the way tens of other hospitality businesses already operate within Whitley Bay. We would of course make a conscious effort to ask our patrons to be respectful of neighbours when leaving the venue and we also look forward to building a positive relationship with those living around – after all the success of our town centre is in all of our interests. ”
Whitley Bay was listed among the coolest in the UK by Condé Nast Traveller, last May, which highlighted a variety of businesses that have set up shop in the area over recent years as well as the coast’s regeneration.
Ms Bones said that she aimed for to make the town even better by bringing the venue, which hasn’t been used in two years, back into use.
She added: “Park View in Whitley Bay was recently voted the best street in the UK, our business hopes to add to that; bringing a wide variety of local traders from across the region to this unique venue. The Royal Banqueting Hall, also known as the Hop, in Whitley Bay has always been a place to enjoy food, drink and live music. Over recent years it has lay empty which is why we’re so excited to hopefully bring this part of Whitley Bay’s heritage back into use.”
If the application is given the go-ahead, Canny Leisure say they will offer a place for people to socialise and for small producers to sell their wares.
It added that they were seeking permission for “a licensed bar area serving independent craft beers, wines, spirits and cocktails. This space will turn into a social meeting place, a platform for other like minded independent operators to showcase some of their amazing products.
“It will offer a safe space to enjoy live music, arts and dance as well as a private hire venue.”
North Tyneside Council has yet to decide on the proposals.
Words: Herbert Soden, Local Democracy Reporter
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