Complaints of “insufferable” noise, “appalling” litter, and rat infestations have cast doubt over plans to open a boutique hotel in Newcastle city centre.
Designs were unveiled in May for a £2m makeover of a building in Collingwood Street to transform it into the Metropolitan Hotel.
But councillors are now being urged to put a stop to the redevelopment, with residents of the neighbouring Stamp Exchange building warning that an influx of new revellers – particularly stag and hen parties – will cause chaos.
One objector wrote that the streets around the hotel are already “filthy” and plagued by public urination.
Another Stamp Exchange resident told the council: “Most of the outside drains are blocked with debris and standing water, it is littered with broken bottles, drinks cans and cigarette ends, and due to the infestation of rats our Stamp Exchange car park needs the services of vermin control which we pay for in our service charge.”
Phil Brumwell, managing director of developer High Street Hospitality, has moved to reassure residents that the hotel will be “a very different kind of establishment than those currently on offer”.
Newcastle City Council’s licensing sub-committee will decide whether to approve a licence for the venue on 23 July.