|The Rushden Echo, 1st July 1966, transcribed by Jim Hollis
Noise noise! Close Café Demand Angry Residents
Pressure on the Rushden police and the Urban Council for decisive action to quell disturbances outside the Dayton Café, Moor Road, is mounting from residents in the area who want the café closed.
A petition from 58 residents near the café has been sent to Rushden Council: A complaint has been sent to Wellingborough Constituency MP, Mr. Harry Howarth; and the Rushden and district Trades Council is also taking up the problem with the local police. Also complaints were made through the Rushden Senior Citizens Goodwill Committee at its annual meeting.
Despite this action to try and bring about an end to the noise, bad language and general bad behaviour which has been levelled against those who use the café, the council and the police have admitted that at present there is very little they can do.
The Rushden Urban Council Public Health Committee told the council on Wednesday that a petition had been received from the residents and directed that copies of the letter should be forwarded to the police and the County Planning Officer.
Mr. Ralph Marriott a Rushden councillor who lives in Moor Road about sixty yards from the café, told the “Echo” he was personally aware of the noise outside the café, he realised that the council could not take much action.
“We, as a council, are not in a position to do anything. I feel that if the 1960 Noise Abatement Act had been given more teeth then we might have had some ground for action.
“We have in the past looked at the problem from three angles those of planning, public health and finance and with regard to compensation which would have to be paid to the owners of the café if it was closed,” he said.
A police spokesman said: “We are not in a position to comment on the matter.” He indicated there was little they could do unless there was excessive noise after 10 pm.
The residents of the area and especially those in Dayton Street are not going to be easily satisfied with such answers. “We are unable to watch television because of the interference caused by motor bikes.”
“The street is like a rubbish tip on Monday morning with cigarette and crisp packets and fish and chip paper and sweet wrappings everywhere.
“The motor bikes are being revved up all the time. “The language is obscene, and a fair proportion of it comes from girls who are as young as 15 or 16.
These are some of the comments from angry residents in Dayton Street where half the residents are old age pensioners.
Mrs. Janet Parker, who lives at No. 10 Dayton Street, was married just three years ago. She told the “Echo” that she had been having treatment for a nervous disorder because of the incessant noise night after night without respite even on Sunday.
“My husband and I were thinking of moving to Northampton and this continual nightmare has made up our minds for us, when we do move we will certainly lose money on the house because this has caused them to be devalued.”
Next door to her is Mr. Leonard Bland, who organised the petition which was sent to the council.
“I only moved here twelve months ago. Then it was very peaceful, but it has turned out to be the worst decision I have ever made,” he said.
The café came under the ownership of Italian Algerino de Eiso last September and his point of view on the matter of any intended closure of the café is that once the youths are out in the street he has no jurisdiction, and so it is not directly the fault of the café.
“The café is itself not noisy and if there is any bad language the people are out. I tell them about making noise when they get outside, but I am told that it is nothing to do with me,” he said through an interpreter.
The problem is not in itself at the café. It only arises when the young people leave or when they just stand and talk outside.
This is a problem which will arise wherever young people congregate if it is outside a public house, restaurant, cinema, or café. It seems that little action can be taken but is it much worse than many other people have to put up with throughout the country?
How do the young people who visit the café feel about all the fuss? They seemed unanimous in saying that if this café closes they would not mind. They would just move to another.