A SINGLE complaint has put paid to a long-standing tradition at the Jamberoo Pub.
The pub has been ordered by Kiama Municipal Council to remove chairs and tables from the front of the pub after a complaint that the people using them were obstructing pedestrian access to the temporary Jamberoo IGA next door.
"It's a bit of a tradition at the pub, we've been here for 25 years and before that, there was always the chairs and tables out the front where people would sit and have a beverage," licensee Erica Warren said.
"It's just frustrating because to get to the IGA you don't even have to walk past the pub, you can park in front of the IGA itself or you can cross the road."
While Ms Warren holds no grudge against the council, she is still upset, especially because police have never had any issue with people congregating in the area.
"I'm not upset with council, I understand they're just doing their job, but it's disappointing that it was one complaint.
"If there were several complaints and it was an ongoing issue, you might think fair enough, but to stop something that's been going on for years because of one complaint is frustrating.
Ms Warren said the majority of responses to a post on Jamberoo Pub's Facebook page were opposed to the council's decision.
Kiama council director of Environmental Services Phil Costello said the council received two complaints from the public regarding the seating and Saturday morning produce markets.
"The council's Outdoor Seating Policy provides a set of simple guidelines to ensure pedestrian safety and adequate access for those with mobility problems," he said.
"Jamberoo Pub is welcome to make an application for an outdoor eating area, which involves taking out a licence... and the provision of public liability insurance."