Pensioners ‘sick of living in vomitorium'

The Vodka bar and nightclub in Winchester

The Vodka bar and nightclub in Winchester

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

FED up pensioners say young people who can’t handle their drink are turning their neighbourhood into a “vomitorium”.

Residents in Winchester city centre say they are being driven to “breaking point” by rowdy revellers as they pour out of a local bar just 50 yards from their front doors.

They claim drunken partygoers spill out of the Vodka bar and nightclub on Upper Brook Street during the early hours and cause a nuisance – being sick, throwing bottles and making noise. In the latest incident a sandbag was taken from the side of the road and dumped on top of a car parked in the street.

Now they’re demanding action from city council bosses who they blame for allowing the venue to reopen three months ago.

The late-night bar and club opened last December under new management. It’s open until 3am on the weekend and tempts customers with posters offering shots for £1.50 and the chance to “party at the weekend on a student budget”.

Co-owner Kalvin Collymore said he attended a meeting with police and council chiefs and invited residents to raise any concerns before they opened up – but only three people turned up.

Parchment Brooks Residents’ Association chairman Michael Coker-Davies called for action.

He said: “People may say that this is a city and we should expect noise, but there’s that, and then there is living with a nightclub 50 yards away from the homes of elderly people and families with young children. It’s lunacy.”

Another resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “It’s a vomitorium. People just go down there and get slaughtered and then come down here throwing bottles and being sick everywhere. It’s clearly a bunch of kiddiwinks who can’t handle their booze.”

The city council confirmed it had received two complaints of anti-social behaviour since the start of the year and would investigate them.

But Mr Collymore said he wasn’t aware of any issues and the club did what it could to limit noise.

He said: “The place is soundproofed, the bass has a limiter, and we have done everything we can to make sure the noise doesn’t disturb people.

“The council are happy with it.

“We always make sure at the end of the night that we go and bleach the alleyway outside, and the bouncers don’t go home until everybody else has gone.

“We have given residents our phone numbers so that if there any problems they can call us and we can sort it out there and then.”

Hampshire Constabulary said it had not received complaints but urged people to report problems.

  • A vomitorium is actually a passage situated below or behind a tier of seats in an amphitheatre or a stadium, through which big crowds can exit rapidly at the end of a performance.

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10:46am Wed 26 Mar 14

Rockstone says...

Same problem in Southampton with students.
Too much money, no brains and no respect.
When I lived near Bedford Place I eventually got to despise the ignorant ***ts
Same problem in Southampton with students. Too much money, no brains and no respect. When I lived near Bedford Place I eventually got to despise the ignorant ***ts Rockstone
  • Score: 10

11:19am Wed 26 Mar 14

Kingontail says...

so there is one late night venue in Winchester but even that is too much. Wait till hugh fearnley-whittingsta
ll starts running his all night raves...
so there is one late night venue in Winchester but even that is too much. Wait till hugh fearnley-whittingsta ll starts running his all night raves... Kingontail
  • Score: 3

12:19pm Wed 26 Mar 14

SilvanDryad says...

A vomitorium was the exit to an amphitheatre or building in ancient Rome (to allow large crowds to exit rapidly). Not a place to puke in. You'd think the inhabitants of Winchester would be educated enough to know that...
A vomitorium was the exit to an amphitheatre or building in ancient Rome (to allow large crowds to exit rapidly). Not a place to puke in. You'd think the inhabitants of Winchester would be educated enough to know that... SilvanDryad
  • Score: 5

12:40pm Wed 26 Mar 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

Is the VOMITORIUM 1 step away from a Crematorium !BOTH JUST a load of DEAD BRAINS
Is the VOMITORIUM 1 step away from a Crematorium !BOTH JUST a load of DEAD BRAINS SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: -7

12:57pm Wed 26 Mar 14

kyrrie says...

I think some people have forgotten about their youth, things were no different it's just that you sorted out the problem between yourselves using the correct paths and didn't go running to the press.
I think some people have forgotten about their youth, things were no different it's just that you sorted out the problem between yourselves using the correct paths and didn't go running to the press. kyrrie
  • Score: 8

2:14pm Wed 26 Mar 14

kiddynamite says...

Someone is sick outside a drinking establishment, Shock Horror! Please let me know when something actually happens! I love people who purchase property in a town centre then whine its noisy. Have a day off.
Someone is sick outside a drinking establishment, Shock Horror! Please let me know when something actually happens! I love people who purchase property in a town centre then whine its noisy. Have a day off. kiddynamite
  • Score: 5

3:08pm Wed 26 Mar 14

SilvanDryad says...

Yes, just like the people who move next to clock tower that’s been there hundreds of years and complain about the chimes keeping them awake.
Yes, just like the people who move next to clock tower that’s been there hundreds of years and complain about the chimes keeping them awake. SilvanDryad
  • Score: 3

6:13pm Wed 26 Mar 14

warrens 76 says...

Police urge people to complain..I bet, then they can close it down and reduce their workload..what a nation of whingers many people have become, I am in my fifties but i am not disposed to deny youngsters the same antics most of us at one time or other got up to.
Police urge people to complain..I bet, then they can close it down and reduce their workload..what a nation of whingers many people have become, I am in my fifties but i am not disposed to deny youngsters the same antics most of us at one time or other got up to. warrens 76
  • Score: 2

6:46pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Zexagon says...

Pensioners were urinating in the street when the traffic jams were in Southampton but you didn't hear people complain about them
Pensioners were urinating in the street when the traffic jams were in Southampton but you didn't hear people complain about them Zexagon
  • Score: 3

10:02pm Wed 26 Mar 14

AdamSFC says...

Rockstone wrote:
Same problem in Southampton with students.
Too much money, no brains and no respect.
When I lived near Bedford Place I eventually got to despise the ignorant ***ts
Judging from your narrow minded and ludicrously sweeping statement, coupled with your poor vocabulary displayed by your resorting to profanity. It appears you may have benefitted from a University education yourself. As a social group, students have their fair share of idiotic behaviour like any other group, however this is not emblematic of the vast majority. Furthermore, Bedford Place attracts a much wider variety of people than just students. What about the huge amount of investment or the academic recognition that having two Universities has given Southampton?
[quote][p][bold]Rockstone[/bold] wrote: Same problem in Southampton with students. Too much money, no brains and no respect. When I lived near Bedford Place I eventually got to despise the ignorant ***ts[/p][/quote]Judging from your narrow minded and ludicrously sweeping statement, coupled with your poor vocabulary displayed by your resorting to profanity. It appears you may have benefitted from a University education yourself. As a social group, students have their fair share of idiotic behaviour like any other group, however this is not emblematic of the vast majority. Furthermore, Bedford Place attracts a much wider variety of people than just students. What about the huge amount of investment or the academic recognition that having two Universities has given Southampton? AdamSFC
  • Score: 2

10:48pm Wed 26 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Zexagon wrote:
Pensioners were urinating in the street when the traffic jams were in Southampton but you didn't hear people complain about them
Why did you have to bring that up!
[quote][p][bold]Zexagon[/bold] wrote: Pensioners were urinating in the street when the traffic jams were in Southampton but you didn't hear people complain about them[/p][/quote]Why did you have to bring that up! OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: -2

8:54am Thu 27 Mar 14

Rockstone says...

AdamSFC wrote:
Rockstone wrote:
Same problem in Southampton with students.
Too much money, no brains and no respect.
When I lived near Bedford Place I eventually got to despise the ignorant ***ts
Judging from your narrow minded and ludicrously sweeping statement, coupled with your poor vocabulary displayed by your resorting to profanity. It appears you may have benefitted from a University education yourself. As a social group, students have their fair share of idiotic behaviour like any other group, however this is not emblematic of the vast majority. Furthermore, Bedford Place attracts a much wider variety of people than just students. What about the huge amount of investment or the academic recognition that having two Universities has given Southampton?
I do not benefit from having had a university education, but even I don't understand why you've put a full stop after the word 'profanity' followed by the word 'It' with a capital 'I'. Maybe you just didn't take an interest in the English language at school before you went on to the great academic institution that is Southampton Solent University. Or wherever.
However, it's plain to see that you've never had to live in the Bedford Place area, especially at night. The students urinating in the street, the vomit, and last but not least, the broken glass.
You mentioned 'profanity' - the whole range is there for you to choose from on any weekend at 3am in the morning. At full volume of course. Maybe you've been there.....
[quote][p][bold]AdamSFC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rockstone[/bold] wrote: Same problem in Southampton with students. Too much money, no brains and no respect. When I lived near Bedford Place I eventually got to despise the ignorant ***ts[/p][/quote]Judging from your narrow minded and ludicrously sweeping statement, coupled with your poor vocabulary displayed by your resorting to profanity. It appears you may have benefitted from a University education yourself. As a social group, students have their fair share of idiotic behaviour like any other group, however this is not emblematic of the vast majority. Furthermore, Bedford Place attracts a much wider variety of people than just students. What about the huge amount of investment or the academic recognition that having two Universities has given Southampton?[/p][/quote]I do not benefit from having had a university education, but even I don't understand why you've put a full stop after the word 'profanity' followed by the word 'It' with a capital 'I'. Maybe you just didn't take an interest in the English language at school before you went on to the great academic institution that is Southampton Solent University. Or wherever. However, it's plain to see that you've never had to live in the Bedford Place area, especially at night. The students urinating in the street, the vomit, and last but not least, the broken glass. You mentioned 'profanity' - the whole range is there for you to choose from on any weekend at 3am in the morning. At full volume of course. Maybe you've been there..... Rockstone
  • Score: 0

11:29am Thu 27 Mar 14

S!monOn says...

Rockstone wrote:
AdamSFC wrote:
Rockstone wrote:
Same problem in Southampton with students.
Too much money, no brains and no respect.
When I lived near Bedford Place I eventually got to despise the ignorant ***ts
Judging from your narrow minded and ludicrously sweeping statement, coupled with your poor vocabulary displayed by your resorting to profanity. It appears you may have benefitted from a University education yourself. As a social group, students have their fair share of idiotic behaviour like any other group, however this is not emblematic of the vast majority. Furthermore, Bedford Place attracts a much wider variety of people than just students. What about the huge amount of investment or the academic recognition that having two Universities has given Southampton?
I do not benefit from having had a university education, but even I don't understand why you've put a full stop after the word 'profanity' followed by the word 'It' with a capital 'I'. Maybe you just didn't take an interest in the English language at school before you went on to the great academic institution that is Southampton Solent University. Or wherever.
However, it's plain to see that you've never had to live in the Bedford Place area, especially at night. The students urinating in the street, the vomit, and last but not least, the broken glass.
You mentioned 'profanity' - the whole range is there for you to choose from on any weekend at 3am in the morning. At full volume of course. Maybe you've been there.....
Did someone force you to live near Bedford Place?

I've never had to live near there and neither would I choose to.
[quote][p][bold]Rockstone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AdamSFC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rockstone[/bold] wrote: Same problem in Southampton with students. Too much money, no brains and no respect. When I lived near Bedford Place I eventually got to despise the ignorant ***ts[/p][/quote]Judging from your narrow minded and ludicrously sweeping statement, coupled with your poor vocabulary displayed by your resorting to profanity. It appears you may have benefitted from a University education yourself. As a social group, students have their fair share of idiotic behaviour like any other group, however this is not emblematic of the vast majority. Furthermore, Bedford Place attracts a much wider variety of people than just students. What about the huge amount of investment or the academic recognition that having two Universities has given Southampton?[/p][/quote]I do not benefit from having had a university education, but even I don't understand why you've put a full stop after the word 'profanity' followed by the word 'It' with a capital 'I'. Maybe you just didn't take an interest in the English language at school before you went on to the great academic institution that is Southampton Solent University. Or wherever. However, it's plain to see that you've never had to live in the Bedford Place area, especially at night. The students urinating in the street, the vomit, and last but not least, the broken glass. You mentioned 'profanity' - the whole range is there for you to choose from on any weekend at 3am in the morning. At full volume of course. Maybe you've been there.....[/p][/quote]Did someone force you to live near Bedford Place? I've never had to live near there and neither would I choose to. S!monOn
  • Score: 0

11:48am Thu 27 Mar 14

Rockstone says...

S!monOn wrote:
Rockstone wrote:
AdamSFC wrote:
Rockstone wrote:
Same problem in Southampton with students.
Too much money, no brains and no respect.
When I lived near Bedford Place I eventually got to despise the ignorant ***ts
Judging from your narrow minded and ludicrously sweeping statement, coupled with your poor vocabulary displayed by your resorting to profanity. It appears you may have benefitted from a University education yourself. As a social group, students have their fair share of idiotic behaviour like any other group, however this is not emblematic of the vast majority. Furthermore, Bedford Place attracts a much wider variety of people than just students. What about the huge amount of investment or the academic recognition that having two Universities has given Southampton?
I do not benefit from having had a university education, but even I don't understand why you've put a full stop after the word 'profanity' followed by the word 'It' with a capital 'I'. Maybe you just didn't take an interest in the English language at school before you went on to the great academic institution that is Southampton Solent University. Or wherever.
However, it's plain to see that you've never had to live in the Bedford Place area, especially at night. The students urinating in the street, the vomit, and last but not least, the broken glass.
You mentioned 'profanity' - the whole range is there for you to choose from on any weekend at 3am in the morning. At full volume of course. Maybe you've been there.....
Did someone force you to live near Bedford Place?

I've never had to live near there and neither would I choose to.
You're not qualified to comment then.
[quote][p][bold]S!monOn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rockstone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AdamSFC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rockstone[/bold] wrote: Same problem in Southampton with students. Too much money, no brains and no respect. When I lived near Bedford Place I eventually got to despise the ignorant ***ts[/p][/quote]Judging from your narrow minded and ludicrously sweeping statement, coupled with your poor vocabulary displayed by your resorting to profanity. It appears you may have benefitted from a University education yourself. As a social group, students have their fair share of idiotic behaviour like any other group, however this is not emblematic of the vast majority. Furthermore, Bedford Place attracts a much wider variety of people than just students. What about the huge amount of investment or the academic recognition that having two Universities has given Southampton?[/p][/quote]I do not benefit from having had a university education, but even I don't understand why you've put a full stop after the word 'profanity' followed by the word 'It' with a capital 'I'. Maybe you just didn't take an interest in the English language at school before you went on to the great academic institution that is Southampton Solent University. Or wherever. However, it's plain to see that you've never had to live in the Bedford Place area, especially at night. The students urinating in the street, the vomit, and last but not least, the broken glass. You mentioned 'profanity' - the whole range is there for you to choose from on any weekend at 3am in the morning. At full volume of course. Maybe you've been there.....[/p][/quote]Did someone force you to live near Bedford Place? I've never had to live near there and neither would I choose to.[/p][/quote]You're not qualified to comment then. Rockstone
  • Score: 0

2:09pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Dave Juson says...

S!monOn wrote:
Rockstone wrote:
AdamSFC wrote:
Rockstone wrote:
Same problem in Southampton with students.
Too much money, no brains and no respect.
When I lived near Bedford Place I eventually got to despise the ignorant ***ts
Judging from your narrow minded and ludicrously sweeping statement, coupled with your poor vocabulary displayed by your resorting to profanity. It appears you may have benefitted from a University education yourself. As a social group, students have their fair share of idiotic behaviour like any other group, however this is not emblematic of the vast majority. Furthermore, Bedford Place attracts a much wider variety of people than just students. What about the huge amount of investment or the academic recognition that having two Universities has given Southampton?
I do not benefit from having had a university education, but even I don't understand why you've put a full stop after the word 'profanity' followed by the word 'It' with a capital 'I'. Maybe you just didn't take an interest in the English language at school before you went on to the great academic institution that is Southampton Solent University. Or wherever.
However, it's plain to see that you've never had to live in the Bedford Place area, especially at night. The students urinating in the street, the vomit, and last but not least, the broken glass.
You mentioned 'profanity' - the whole range is there for you to choose from on any weekend at 3am in the morning. At full volume of course. Maybe you've been there.....
Did someone force you to live near Bedford Place?

I've never had to live near there and neither would I choose to.
After due consideration I think anyone with half a brain will realise that Rockstone is spot on as regard the youngsters of today. Anyone who knows anything about history must realise that there has never yet been a generation that became worthy of the respect of one that preceded it.
Writing as a 62-year old, I can only shake my head in sadness when I contemplate the inadequacies of those currently advancing into their mid-50s.
The lager sipping teenyboppers!
[quote][p][bold]S!monOn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rockstone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AdamSFC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rockstone[/bold] wrote: Same problem in Southampton with students. Too much money, no brains and no respect. When I lived near Bedford Place I eventually got to despise the ignorant ***ts[/p][/quote]Judging from your narrow minded and ludicrously sweeping statement, coupled with your poor vocabulary displayed by your resorting to profanity. It appears you may have benefitted from a University education yourself. As a social group, students have their fair share of idiotic behaviour like any other group, however this is not emblematic of the vast majority. Furthermore, Bedford Place attracts a much wider variety of people than just students. What about the huge amount of investment or the academic recognition that having two Universities has given Southampton?[/p][/quote]I do not benefit from having had a university education, but even I don't understand why you've put a full stop after the word 'profanity' followed by the word 'It' with a capital 'I'. Maybe you just didn't take an interest in the English language at school before you went on to the great academic institution that is Southampton Solent University. Or wherever. However, it's plain to see that you've never had to live in the Bedford Place area, especially at night. The students urinating in the street, the vomit, and last but not least, the broken glass. You mentioned 'profanity' - the whole range is there for you to choose from on any weekend at 3am in the morning. At full volume of course. Maybe you've been there.....[/p][/quote]Did someone force you to live near Bedford Place? I've never had to live near there and neither would I choose to.[/p][/quote]After due consideration I think anyone with half a brain will realise that Rockstone is spot on as regard the youngsters of today. Anyone who knows anything about history must realise that there has never yet been a generation that became worthy of the respect of one that preceded it. Writing as a 62-year old, I can only shake my head in sadness when I contemplate the inadequacies of those currently advancing into their mid-50s. The lager sipping teenyboppers! Dave Juson
  • Score: 0

4:02pm Thu 27 Mar 14

cantthinkofone says...

Roman vomitoriums had nothing to do with being sick...
Roman vomitoriums had nothing to do with being sick... cantthinkofone
  • Score: 0

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