The pub where everyone shouts

By EVAN SCHWARTEN evan.schwarten@capnews.com.au

THEY know it's only rock'n'roll but they don't like it.

A group of nearby residents has voiced their objections to the introduction of live rock bands to the Commonwealth Hotel saying the noise is keeping them up at night.

The residents yesterday appealed for publican Ted Tame to control the noise coming from the pub on Friday and Saturday nights or consider installing a sound barrier.

Derby Street resident Gail Kneen said the noise was so bad her 10-year-old son had trouble sleeping.

"The drums are really bad, even with all our air-conditioners on we can hear it,'' she said.

Her 76-year-old neighbour Lyla Strathern agreed.

"It was never a problem with the old publican but now I can't hear the football (on TV) some nights and it stops me from sleeping,'' she said.

Kent Street resident Wendy Wickens said the noise prevented neighbours from socialising with each other.

"With all the noise we can't talk to each other,'' she said. However, Mr Tame said none of the residents had approached him with a complaint.

"You always want to get along with your neighbours but no one has said anything to me,'' he said. He said the noise issue would be addressed in a planned $400,000 upgrade of the pub. "It is something that will be taken care of.''

He added that the gigs gave local bands the chance to expand their talents.



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