A landlady of a successful
city centre pub said she is considering leaving because of the trail
of noise and destruction caused by revellers leaving the SkyDome
Lynn Graham’s Old Windmill
pub in Spon Street was recently selected as one of the top five pubs
in the country by a pub guide.
But trouble in the area has
escalated with people leaving the SkyDome late, breaking windows,
leaving excrement and vomit in doorways and causing noise.
The situation is now so bad
that Lynn says she often just sits in her flat above the pub crying at
her lack of sleep.
Her leaded windows have been
smashed, number plates stolen from her car, alarms are constantly set
off and people use the street as a lavatory.
She said regulars are starting
to leave the pub because they fear for their safety in the street.
Lynn, who has been in charge
of the medieval pub for four years, said there is now an atmosphere of
violence and destruction in the street when the SkyDome closes.
And she said promises made by
the SkyDome management that the street would be policed by their own
staff have been broken as drunken people are left to run riot.
On Wednesday morning,
following the performance by DJ Trevor Nelson, Lynn kept a diary of
the disturbances that kept her awake from 1am to 3am.
This included a policeman
being clipped by a car driven by a man ejected from the club following
an alleged assault.
He hit the officer as he drove
off and has been interviewed and released on police bail.
The officer was treated for
injuries, but has returned to work.
Three women were arrested a
half an hour later, at 2.45am on suspicion of assaulting door staff.
They too were bailed.
Tonight Lynn will join other
traders in Spon Street in telling the police that something needs to
She said that even the bikers
who visit the pub are starting to become reluctant to go down the
“There’s a horrible
tense atmosphere in the street. Even I feel threatened when I go
down the street with my dog, and that’s a German Shepherd.”
“Women flash their boobs at them through the window and try
and get on their bikes. There’s bound to be an accident.
“And the taxis come up and
down the street so quickly that somebody is bound to be run over.
Some of my older customers don’t come down here any more because
of the risk.
“If other publicans
allowed their customers to behave like this then they would lose
Colin Walker of the Spon
Street Forum said the SkyDome’s impact was having a negative effect
on the area.
“Managers from the centre
met with the Spon End Forum before Christmas and promised to keep in
constant touch with the community but have failed to do so.
“Local traders are also
worried by the general impact that the development is having on Spon
“What was once an
attractive tourist attraction is now becoming damaged and shabby.
“Trade has suffered
further since the opening of the SkyDome and specialist shops are
closing and being replaced by fast food take-aways.
“There are also plans for
another nightclub, the Venue, to expand into Spon Street.
“A 'Browns type cafe-bar'
that was supposed to be a major daytime attraction now closes during
the day and has become yet another club.”
Members of the Forum are
calling for the following action to be taken:
ban on the distribution of flyers and on the removal of glasses
and bottles from the SkyDome complex.
planning controls on the opening of takeaways and further clubs in
policing of club-goers by the SkyDome once they have left the
attendance of SkyDome representatives at community meetings.
effective management of traffic, including improved parking
restrictions and policing and a ban on vehicles in the street
daily cleaning of Spon Street, the subway and Spon End, paid for
by the SkyDome or City Centre Company.
security in the Spon Street subway.
Lynn Graham added that a metal
grille could be installed to prevent people leaving the nightclubs via
Spon Street after midnight.
She said a taxi rank in the
Co-op car park could encourage people to leave in that direction, and
it would help ease the congestion and traffic problems suffered in
The M1 Police Consultative
Committee meeting is at 7.30pm in the Council House.