A bid to increase the maximum capacity of the Sandpiper Pub has been deferred until council can further consider the implications of allowing more patrons into the Marine Drive establishment.
The pub, which is partially owned by Coun. Bill Lawrence, currently has a maximum capacity of 65, and the request is to increase that to 110.
The decision came after council heard from a number of residents who lived near the pub, some of whom were concerned with an increase in noise, fighting and garbage.
One such resident was David Bradshaw, who bought a place that shares a lane with the pub in November.
"For the last eight months - and my master bedroom is on the lane - I've heard nothing but swearing and fighting... from people leaving the Sandpiper," he said, adding that he's had to throw out garbage found in the lane the mornings after.
"They make noise until two in the morning... then the train blows in six in the morning. I got a tax bill for $7,000 and I'm not getting my money's worth. I moved here because they said it was a nice quiet community, I'm very disappointed."
Glen Jones, another nearby resident, said his biggest concern was the disruptive behaviour that might take place in the lane if council allowed more patrons inside.
"My biggest concern is the traffic in the lane, which will be open to the public heading to the pub," he said. "Most people living there have the bedrooms on the lane and there is significant disruption at one, two in the morning from patrons heading home right now."
However, not all were against the pub's bid for more patrons.
Heather Hildred said she moved to White Rock this past summer and since that time, has been to the pub on a few occasions. She said this was an opportunity to encourage business in White Rock.
"It's quite large inside, so there seems to be a lot more room for individuals," she said.
"I can respect people's opinions and such on the noise but the whole of White Rock in the summertime can be noisy," she added. "If you purchase a residence in that area, that's the normal consequence of living on that strip."
According to city clerk Tracey Arthur, 87 people wrote into the city regarding the expansion request, 81 of whom were in favour of the application. However, it was noted that 31 of those submissions did not provide property addresses.
As per the conflict of interest policy, Lawrence excused himself from the council proceedings during discussion of the matter. Council will make a decision at a later date, pending further review of the concerns raised.
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