Journey Inn owners have concerns about noise from adjacent Vernon businesses.

Noise sends visitors packing

Early morning noise from adjacent businesses is negatively impacting the bottom line at the Journey Inn

A Vernon motel is concerned   tourists are getting a rude awakening.

Ed Buie, general manager of the Journey Inn on 28th Avenue, told city council Tuesday that early morning noise from adjacent businesses is negatively impacting the bottom line.

“I’ve had countless guests say they won’t be back because of the noise,” he said of the motel, which has been downtown for 51 years.

“They are presently hurting my right to do business and I don’t think that’s fair.”

Buie says that music from nearby drinking establishments leaves windows vibrating, while other businesses use the early morning hours for routine maintenance, such as parking lot cleaning and running industrial vacuums to remove restaurant grease.

“I am not trying to limit their hours or restrict business but I want them to assure they are good neighbours,” he said.

“Something should be done to address noise between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. that is workable for everyone.”

Buie says another concern is 24-hour businesses attracting people who then congregate in the alley.

Buie believes the ongoing noise problems could create challenges for the city, which ultimately wants to see residential housing downtown.

He also insists that Vernon is getting a negative reputation among visitors.

“Tourists shop, eat and spend money and it’s disheartening to have people say they won’t come back,” he said.

Buie asked for the city to initiate regulations regarding business noise.

“None of the things he’s asked for are unreasonable,” said Coun. Patrick Nicol.

Coun. Juliette Cunningham added that the situation cannot be ignored.

“We will have to look at this very seriously,” she said.

 

Just Posted

Service with a smile: How inclusive workplaces benefit everyone

Vernon employee serves up service with a smile

North Okanagan residential market runs true to form

Market picking up as expected, OMREB says

Fundraising campaign launched for man caught in SilverStar avalanche

In only two days, the GoFundMe surpassed its $15,000 goal

Business is booming in Lumby: Chamber

Chamber looks to capture history

A tough hill to climb: Armstrong business owner overcomes odds

Armstrong biologist-businesswoman celebrates a milestone anniversary

Sparks fly as SUV speeds down wrong side of Highway 1 trying to flee RCMP

Captured on video, the vehicle headed westbound against oncoming traffic before crashing

Bobrovsky perfect as Blue Jackets blank Canucks 5-0

Vancouver shut out for 10th time this season

Kelowna artist featured on furniture

Shandra Smith’s work is now available on credenzas

Destructive blaze in West Kelowna fatal for cat

The fire at a West Kelowna condo claimed the life of one tenant’s cat

Sock Hop aims to send dancers back to another time

Writers’ Festival fundraiser in Salmon Arm springs into step for another year

Man pinned under metal tank in West Kelowna

Emergency personnel are on the scene

WWE, WCW elite hits Vernon mat for professional wrestling show

International wrestlers descend upon Vernon for Canadian Wrestling’s Elite anniversary tour

Terror at sea: Helicopter rescues frightened cruise passengers in Norway

The Viking Sky cruise ship was carrying 1,300 passengers and crew when it experienced engine trouble

DOJ: Trump campaign did not co-ordinate with Russia in 2016

Attorney General William Barr said special counsel “does not exonerate” Trump of obstructing justice

Most Read