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Neighbour of The Dolphin pub in Broadstairs says rowdy, drunk punters are making nights unbearable


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A furious neighbour says rowdy punters from a party pub are making life hell with unbearable drunken and offensive behaviour.

They say customers from The Dolphin in Broadstairs hammer on their door late at night, scream and shout, take drugs and have even woken up their children by engaging in a lewd act.

The angry comments came in an objection to a licensing application by the new landlord Max Williams, who took over the Albion Street pub in June.

He wants to extend the opening times by one hour, to 2am from Sunday to Thursday, and to 2.30am on Friday and Saturday nights.

Kent Police agreed a temporary events notice for an extension in hours in November and Mr Williams hopes to make it a permanent thing.

But in a strongly-worded objection, a neighbour has listed numerous concerns regarding the behaviour of punters and asked the licensing sub-committee at Thanet council not to agree to the change.

"There is extensive anti-social behaviour at night in the area around The Dolphin pub and Alexandra Road including lewd acts, public urination on private property, rowdy behaviour, screaming and shouting," the resident said.

'My children were woken on one occasion by a couple engaging in a lewd act'

"There is drug taking and dealing in the area around the pub, including Albion Street car park.

"My family is regularly woken up by drug dealers, people using our drive as a toilet and by rowdy drunken behaviour. This is caused by the late night discharge of drunken people."

The resident says drinkers in the pub's back garden are too loud, as is the music inside, and that longer opening hours will make it unbearable.

"My children are regularly woken by screaming crowds, urinating adults talking and shouting, drug takers outside their bedroom windows and on one occasion by a couple engaging in a lewd act.

"I am trying to protect them from being scared as best I can by saying it’s just drunk people walking past, but I can only do so much.

The Dolphin pub in Albion Street
The Dolphin pub in Albion Street

"At present this already happens far too late at night. Later hours will mean my children will be disturbed up to 3am.

"These events are already happening on most nights of the week, not just weekends."

But a response by licensing agents Knight Training UK Ltd, on behalf of Mr Williams, states the new landlord wants to "continue to be a great neighbour and play an active role in making Broadstairs a great place to live, work and have fun".

"We understand that you have concerns regarding the lack of regulation and policing of the premises," the agent said.

"We would like to assure you that our client takes the responsibilities that come with a premises licence very seriously.

"Since taking over the management of the premises in June this year, our client continually strives to operate their business to ensure the safety of local residents, and protect their neighbours, within their control, from any public nuisance."

The agent says a dispersal policy has been implemented and that the management of the premises operate a zero tolerance drug policy.

"Problems outside of the premises should be addressed with the local authorities," she added.

"If a group of customers are found to be loitering near the premises after closing, staff will politely ask them to move on as quickly as possible – as per the dispersal policy.

"This holds the bar accountable for preventing anyone gathering directly outside the premises."

The agent said the garden is continually manned by security staff from 8pm to closing, on Friday and Saturday, and that a new sound system inside is at a volume that the bar staff can easily do their job.

Thanet council's licensing sub committee will discuss the application for extending the hours at a meeting on Thursday at 3pm.

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