Parents hit out at plans for micropub

Connor Moyle and Emma Thompson with youngsters at the Children's Choice Nursery in Norham Road, Whitley Bay,  are objecting to the plans for a brewery.
Picture by Jane Coltman.
Connor Moyle and Emma Thompson with youngsters at the Children's Choice Nursery in Norham Road, Whitley Bay, are objecting to the plans for a brewery. Picture by Jane Coltman.

Worried parents have hit out at plans to open a pub next to a nursery.

Concerns have been raised after a planning application was submitted to North Tyneside Council to open a micropub and off-licence in Monkseaton Metro Station, Whitley Bay.

But staff and parents at the adjoining Children’s Choice Nursery have hit out at the proposals, raising concerns over the impact it could have on the children.

More than 100 people have signed a petition objecting to the application.

Emma Middleton, deputy manager at the nursery, said: “All of our parents have taken away copies of the petition to get family and friends to sign it.

“We’ve only have until next Wednesday to get our objection together and submitted.

“We’re concerned about possible anti-social behaviour, littering, vandalism and the security of our premises.

“All our parents feel it’s inappropriate to have a micropub next to a nursery.”

The proposals are for the micropub to be open from noon to 11pm and for a seating area within the station.

However, Emma said they had concerns of the impact it could have on children within the play area of the nursery.

She added: “Our sensory garden, where babies play, will be metres away from the pub. There will be people drinking and potentially bad language.”

Applicant Andrew Finlay said in his application the micropub will mainly serve cask ales and shuns all forms of electronic entertainment with an off-licence to allow customers to purchase bottles of ale and cider.