Neighbours want B&B removed

2009-11-12 00:00

THE recent drowning of a 25-year-old man at a bed and breakfast (B&B) in Lincoln Meade has enraged residents in the area, who say they have “had enough” of the guest house antics and want it removed from the area.

The Witness reported that Ntobeko Maseko drowned during a house party at the B&B on Sunday.

The owner of the B&B, who asked not to be named, confirmed the death and said the party­goers went for a swim in the morning, and that was when the tragedy struck.

However, this has been disputed by her irate neighbours.

A source who lives in the area said the drowning was no accident. He described the party as a drunken affair that started at about 11 pm on Saturday and went on till 8 am on Sunday. He said the guests were jumping in and out of the pool the whole night and making a lot of noise.

He said he called the police a number of times to close down the party.

“The drowning was no accident”, fumed the source. “It was a drunken party and they caused a ruckus the whole evening.”

The source said that by 1 am on Sunday they had to call the police to shut down the party as there was a lot of noise and disorderly behaviour.

“They started drinking and partying at 11 pm and carried on till eight in the morning. They only stopped when the police threatened to arrest them.”

Another source said people living in the area have had numerous problems with the B&B since it began operating. She said the drowning was the last straw.

“This is not the first time that people living in this area have had a problem with the guest house. Every time we have to deal with all the noise that is happening there and the neighbours have had enough. We will sign a petition to have this guest house removed.”

The B&B owner denied her guest house has become a nuisance in the area. She said her neighbours do not like her and their planned petition to remove her will have no effect, adding, “This is my house and I paid for it.”

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