MICROPUB: Will deter passengers

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Having read the article on plans for a micropub inside at Monkseaton Metro Station, I would like to endorse the views of nursery parents opposing the planning application submission (News Guardian, May 19).

We have all seen people drinking and carrying alcohol onto the Metro, and the last thing we want is to make it easier for people to buy/imbibe beer and cider before going onto the Metro.

Much of the anti-social behaviour on Metro trains is fuelled by alcohol and these trains and stations have limited security. Passengers can be left open to any form of abuse.

How on earth do we think we are going to encourage more people to leave their cars at home and use public transport, such as the Metro, if they are confronted with abuse?

In this case, the Metro station is located next to a nursery, which children and young families use on a daily basis.

Though this application might appear to some as a good business opportunity, it will deter many others from leaving their cars behind and using the Metro.

And so for our children’s future this will not help prevent even greater increase in climate change and air pollution from cars.

It’s those very children in the nursery who will be the losers as one in eight children currently develops asthma.

I hope people tell their councillors to oppose this micropub application at the North Tyneside planning committee.

Vicki Gilbert and Fiona Swindell

Secretary and chairman

North Tyneside Public Transport Users Group