Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ibiza by the Seaside

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ibiza by the Seaside

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Byline: By Linda Geddes

Families suffering from the wild weekend behaviour of drunken louts are horrified at plans to turn part of their seaside town into an Ibiza-style party zone.

South Parade and Esplanade in Whitley Bay already have 23 bars and clubs which pull in hen and stag parties from all over the country.

But people who live in the area say they're having to cope with drunks urinating and having sex in back-alleys, vomit on the pavement, vandalism, noise and foul language.

They fear that if North Tyneside Challenge's controversial plan is given the go-ahead, they may be forced out by the extra drunks a party zone could well attract.

Under the plan, new bars and clubs in Whitley Bay would only be given a licence if they were inside the designated party zone area.

Elizabeth Hutcheson, 66, whose Linden Terrace home is between South Parade and Esplanade, said: "You get boys in T-shirts and girls in skimpy no-skirts reeling, rolling and vomiting from one pub to the next.

"And drunken yobs come up the lane banging bottles on garage doors, fighting and having sex.

"When I moved here 25 years ago it was an absolutely marvellous place to live. But it has gradually been taken over by the people who make the money, always pushing and pushing and pushing for later licensing hours.

"They are trying to make it so difficult and awkward for us to live here, that we up sticks. Why should we? It will be like living in a ghetto.

"One lady didn't dare drive her car because they were banging on the bonnet. It is a disgrace."

Ralph Short, 49, of nearby Esplanade Place, said his daughters, aged 10 and 11, could regularly see "disgraceful" sights from their bedroom window.

Engineer Mr Short said: "Drunken girls were weeing and doing all sorts of things in the back lane.

"I've had to get double-glazing right through the house to keep the noise out. …

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