Broadway area woman disappointed with level of noise again

Cory Hurley
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Concord Avenue resident Margaret Hicks is seen on Broadway in Corner Brook in this undated file photo.

When Margaret Hicks thought visits from her grandchildren might end, she was heartbroken.

Two summers ago, the Concord Avenue woman had her two young granddaughters staying with her while her son came home to Corner Brook for a summer visit.

Grandma expected some noise with a pair of children in her house. What she didn’t expect were the disturbances from the nearby Broadway area night clubs that would put a damper on her family’s stay.

The blaring music would either keep the children awake at night or in constant fear they would be awoken. Her son Gerald left that summer, claiming he would not return to such disturbances, says Hicks.

She called police at the time. She contacted city council. Bar owners — primarily Dave McHugh of McHugh’s bar — responded. Everybody seemingly wanted to get along and be courteous of one another. McHugh even renovated his business, taking down the garage doors which opened the club to the outdoors. The noise from the bar echoing throughout the neighbourhood was reduced.

Hicks, who has lived in the Broadway area for 44 years, said she enjoyed a peaceful summer in 2013.

“It was so good last year that it was unbelievable,” she said.

Her son and grandchildren have returned. Unfortunately, so did the noise.

“Saturday night they broke lose,” Hicks said. “Hell broke loose and all that was in it.”

At about 11:30 p.m., she followed the blare of music to McHugh’s. She said two doors of the bar were being kept open.

She called the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary. Police responded, and Const. Scott Mosher confirmed officers asked staff to be courteous of people in the area and abide by the city noise bylaw and regulations.

Hicks said all was well until about 2:30 a.m.

“I said, ‘Oh God, where is it coming from now?” she said.

This time the noise bellowed from Jennifer’s, she said, where a wedding was being held.

“Sweet mother of God, what a racket,” she said. “I had been just settling down to go to sleep again.”

Hicks just prayed her grandchildren wouldn’t be awakened.

These were just the latest incidents this summer, she said. The problem is not isolated to these particular establishments, but has been an issue with respect to many of the clubs along the downtown area.

 She said the problem escalates in the summer, when windows and doors open to alleviate heat. However, doing so is a breach of the city noise bylaw and regulations.

“They should be air conditioned and sound proof,” she said. “We can’t have anything going on at our house, and why would you? It would disturb the neighbours.”

She said allowing patios at these bars has increased the problems.

“They are only inviting them out,” she said.

Hicks said she has again been contacting some members of council, but had yet to get a response. She was disappointed by that.

Mosher said the noise complaints are typically isolated and definitely seasonal. He said staff and management are usually compliant.

As with other areas of the city, the officer said patrols typically ask for and receive compliance.

There is typically no need for enforcement such as tickets or charges. However, officers will refer any serious issues or continual non-compliance to the city, he said.

Geographic location: Broadway, Concord Avenue, Corner Brook

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  • Radom
    July 26, 2014 - 13:30

    Wow people can be super judgemental! The facts are corner took had a noise bylaw and bar have to follow it. If the lady wants to complain, she as a citizen has that right. Its called the judicial system. Nothing to do necessarily with age or gender or what's considered the norm in a commercial 'bar' area.

  • someguydude
    July 25, 2014 - 06:40

    next summer GO VISIT YOUR SON AT HIS PLACE. Ya old crank!!!

  • help corner brook grow not die...
    July 24, 2014 - 08:35

    Why is it that when people and businesses become successful here others want to complain? Come on people...we should be opening more patios, little shops, ice cream stores, having dinner theatres and a street or 2 you can walk down at night to window shop and purchase things....what ever else the business community may want so Corner Brook can become more successful and keep young people here and growing....personally I would love to see broadway and west street lite up with white light and bustling! Would love to know where this lady hung out when she was in her bar dancing years?

    • george p b
      July 24, 2014 - 13:58

      I'd guess Wellon's or Seaport Lounge...It may be news to some people, but broadway was not always a "bar district"... and Herald ave was not the major thoroughfare it is today...

  • allie
    July 21, 2014 - 10:20

    Really I never heard her complain when her son was into the bar seen on Broadway. This lady needs to retire to a seniors home, her son should be ashamed not letting his kids stay there.

  • I live here too!
    July 19, 2014 - 18:43

    These complaints are crazy. Broadway is the downtown core where shops, bars and theatres have existed forever. People like her are the reason this town is dying a fast death. You can't have it like a retirement village and roll up the sidewalks at 9pm. If we ever want this town to be a city again, we need a nightlife that makes young people want to live here and turning down the volume is not the answer. These are business people trying to make a living as well, paying business and property tax that keeps this town running.

  • Chu
    July 19, 2014 - 10:14

    I seriously can't believe someone thought it was worth reporting that old people find young people loud.

  • SMH
    July 19, 2014 - 08:34

    Ms. Hicks... There were many bars on Broadway for a long time, and you never complained about them before. Why now? My simple advice for you is: move out to some place quiet and shut up.

    • Respect
      July 20, 2014 - 20:15

      She has complained in the past. She complained when the studio, the rock, rec room and whatever bars were open in the day. She's not the only one complaining; she just seems to have the loudest voice and good for her for sticking up for her rights. At least 5 families had to move out of the area due to the noise because no one did anything about it. She's the voice for herself and anyone else who is tired of it. And since when has Corner Brook had a 'downtown' core or Broadway been considered little George Street. The thriving metropolis of Corner Brook, get real. And why should she move after 44 years when she was never given the chance to vote to have a bar open up in the area. In major cities when something is to open in the area that might affect the community, residents get a say. She never asked for her area of town to turn into the bar scene. It would be different if she moved in the way it is now and then started to complain, but she’s been there way longer than any of you have or the bars and has the right to complain of the noise, it has nothing to do with age or needing a hobby. I know I’ll get pounced on for this but I get to speak my mind just like everyone else does so deal with it.

  • Tom
    July 18, 2014 - 21:14

    I don't know why these bars are opened so late. Shut then down earlier.

  • amanda
    July 18, 2014 - 19:50

    Perhaps the city should suggest SHE close her windows and soundproof her house? What a joke!

  • No longer a resident.
    July 18, 2014 - 13:45

    This is rediculous. There is nothing left in Corner Brook as is everyone has to move away and now you want to tame down the little bit of night life left... Can't imagine this individual dealing with a bigger city and a bar scene that is actually booming... I feel for your relatives but for your son to not allow them to visit you because of one night of restless sleep is absurd.

  • Unhappy? Pack your bags and move
    July 18, 2014 - 12:36

    This sad old lady needs a hobby.. If you have chosen to live in the 'downtown' area of the city you should be willing to deal with a little noise. As a person in his 20's I have spent many evenings on Broadway and the noise has never been loud to the point where it is disturbing. These constant complaints are unreal, pathetic and embarassing for residents of Corner Brook. Old annoying people like Ms. Hicks manage to continually suck any fun and enjoyment out of this city. If she is this disturbed by a little noise (on Broadway of all places!) I'm sure there's a quite, boring senior citizen complex she can move to.

  • noisephobic
    July 18, 2014 - 11:32

    I think after 10 PM everyone should have to wear soft soled shoes and speak in whispers unless in a soundproof box.

  • joe
    July 18, 2014 - 10:59

    complaining about noise on Broadway is like complaining about the moon in the sky come on people its Broadway where are they supposed to put the bars outside of town where people drink and drive all the time so sorry lady move

  • hilarious
    July 18, 2014 - 10:38

    yes now, let's shame people for having fun at their wedding. there is one city block of nightlife in the entire city, and it's been filled with loud crazy bars since before Margaret Hicks moved in. Missus can move, or soundproof her house better. Broadway didn't get louder, she just got older.

  • unreal
    July 18, 2014 - 10:21

    I was actually working at Jennifer's this past Saturday night at the wedding that this lady was complaining about and I would like to set a few things straight. 1.Jennifer's keeps all doors and windows closed for their air conditioner. 2. The wedding party was actually over before 2:30am. The DJ stopped playing at 2am that night. This lady lives in the area of Corner Brook in which the city's night life happens. I don't remember seeing any of these complaints when the Studio, the Connection and the RecRoom were still opened. Some people have nothing better to do than to complain about other people.

  • unreal
    July 18, 2014 - 10:19

    I was actually working at Jennifer's this past Saturday night at the wedding that this lady was complaining about and I would like to set a few things straight. 1.Jennifer's keeps all doors and windows closed for their air conditioner. 2. The wedding party was actually over before 2:30am. The DJ stopped playing at 2am that night. This lady lives in the area of Corner Brook in which the city's night life happens. I don't remember seeing any of these complaints when the Studio, the Connection and the RecRoom were still opened. Some people have nothing better to do than to complain about other people.

  • Cory
    July 18, 2014 - 09:15

    Broadway has always been the bar area of the city, my parents went there, I went there and people continue to go there. Its the downtown core and it is where things happen. I feel for this lady and and her grandkids, but the people of this city deserve a place to hang out and let loose. And if anyone is to blame its the City itself, they gave the permits for these establishments and continue to do so.

  • rworried
    July 18, 2014 - 08:33

    show a little courtesy , trains have to abide by certain hours of operation as do planes. People lived in these neighbourhoods long before there were bars there and shouldn't have to move, A little common sense and air conditioning might help with a few fines thrown in.

    • Bruce
      July 24, 2014 - 13:37

      Its a good thing planes can't fly after 11pm!?!? A little common sense would be closing HER windows or purchasing a small a/c unit. But I guess the "racket" from that a/c would be too loud!

  • Henry
    July 18, 2014 - 07:43

    Pass the buck boys thats the way to do it... of course the city does not have any enforcement officers after hours... hmmmm what now! Thats what u get get when u you got business owners trying to replicate George Street... in a neighborhood.

  • John Hickey
    July 18, 2014 - 07:06

    This entire situation is totally ridiculous.. If you reside in the downtown core of ANY city you have to be prepared to incur noise from the bars as well as other sources.. If you cannot handle the noise, then move to a more rural area.. To expect the bars to shut down and move or to expect the city to change the zoning to accommodate people that have a problem with noise is ludicrous. If she lived near a rail yard where trains were shunting all night long, would she be after the government to make laws preventing late night train movements ?? If the majority of citizens feel that the bars are doing what the zoning permits and have no problem with them, it shouldn't be an issue for anyone.. This lady has been a chronic complainer in the past and one has to wonder what the REAL reason is.. In any event, she needs to stifle it and learn to live and let live.. Young, vital people have an inherent right to enjoy themselves...

    • Greg
      July 18, 2014 - 10:53

      You said it John Hickey, I agree 100%

    • Ash
      July 18, 2014 - 13:46

      You're the, seriously you have it down pat. If she wants to complain about it year after year - she's in the paper every year for it - than she can move. Broadway is the bar area for Corner Brook, and it has been since I can remember.. She needs to get over it.