A row erupted between neighbours at the end of Victoria Street in early 1980. Mr William Prentice, a coal merchant at 18 Victoria Street called the police 9 times in a short period of time when midnight revellers from nearby Hastie’s Farm disturbed his peace.
People leaving the popular nightspot, regularly made noise and Mr Prentice insisted it kept waking him. He was keen to be in bed early due to his early starts the following day. In January 1980, Hastie’s applied for a 1am license, and Mr Prentice was having none of it, already complaining that midnight was more than enough and causing problems. Mr Prentice attended the license meeting to share his concerns and arguing that public consultation should be taken on board.
Mr Prentice told officials, “There’s no problem whilst people are inside, but they made a right noise when they come out, hanging about and causing problems. I’ve had to phone the police many times. There’s a lot of bus parties come to Hasties, people pour out in droves and have no consideration for nearby homes.”
According to Mr Prentice, the noisiest night was a Tuesday, which had a disco until late. Mr Prentice found it difficult to comprehend how anybody could be out late on a Tuesday evening dancing midweek, a stark contrast to the swelled numbers who attended the popular venue.
Hastie’s Farm fought back employing their own solicitor who turned the issue around, accusing Mr Prentice of causing lots of noise each morning loading his coal lorries. Despite the row, the licensing board agreed an extension to a 1am license as long as it wasn’t held on the Tuesday evening, the subject of Mr Prentice’s complaint and that of another by the Blantyre Community Council. At the request of the licensing department, Mr Samuel Plontikoff had to amend the hours of his license, and take up the suggestion of carpark attendants and doormen.