Brewery Appealing Mermaid Roof Terrace Decision

mermaid pubThe company that leases out the Mermaid Inn on St Mary’s is trying to overturn planners’ refusal of a roof terrace.

In January this year, councillors turned down Punch Tavern’s application for the outdoor dining and drinking area. There were concerns over noise and some nearby residents had submitted written objections.

But the applicant argues that the pub is in a built up area with other businesses and active tourist activity.

As it is near the quay it is not representative of the “tranquillity and low background noise of the islands” referred to in the Council’s planning guide and the terrace would only be used during daylight hours, they say

The applicant says that smokers would be able to use the roof terrace and that would create a better impression for visitors who see smokers congregating outside on the roadway.

The brewery says that the pub has lost trade in recent years and the development would aim to address that.

Proposals for an additional toilet as part of the plans have been dropped.

That had been raised concerns that the fragile sewage system would be overloaded, although Punch Taverns claim the current usage is now lower than that of four years ago.

Some locals have written to support the plans. Jon May says that it would be unreasonable to refuse, as the Atlantic Hotel and Tregarthen’s both have terraces.

The Duchy’s plans for rebuilding the Harbourside Hotel also include a roof terrace.

Near-neighbour Pete Reynolds feels the development would offer a rare opportunity for dining alfresco, while Tim Guthrie, who operates a holiday let business, wrote to encourage Councillors to back the plans.

Tim says applications that improve the tourism offer without detriment to the ambience of Scilly should be encouraged when visitor numbers are receding.

Planners are likely to discuss the appeal at their next meeting.