Halcyon House not so idyllic and happy for neighbours
IT MAY have given Cabarita extraordinary publicity, but the loud chinking of champagne flutes at the exclusive Halcyon House has upset neighbours of the coveted beachside establishment.
The motel conversion – reopened in 2014 by hotelier sisters Siobhan and Elisha Bickle –has been the subject of noise, traffic, rubbish and beach access complaints to Tweed Shire Council, with a petition lodged by seven signatories of nearby Palm Ave and Cypress Cct at the latest council meeting on April 21.
It came just days after the hotel hosted Veuve Clicquot’s “two-day adventure”, where VIPs, models and celebrity surfers enjoyed pap snaps, parties and a moonlight cinema.
Several residents contacted by the Tweed Daily News this week said the hotel – which charges more per night than the Versace Hotel – was having a negative impact on neighbours.
John Newby said there was a strong odour of rotting food from the rubbish bins located outside the venue, while staff parked on the corner of Cypress Cct were congesting the road for residents while leaving Halcyon largely vacant.
Edna Ryan said truck deliveries blocked the narrow public beach access path on the northern end of the property and began as early as 5.30am.
“The noise is annoying, but my major problem is the traffic, it’s dangerous,” Ms Ryan said.
The residents were unaware of the petition calling on the council to drop its rates because Halcyon had “destroyed amenities in our neighbourhood and devalued our properties”, but supported it.
Halcyon general manager Mauro De Riso said the hotel was working hard towards settling the complaints, and was keen to work on further ways to minimise its impact.
“Halcyon House is making every effort to be a good neighbour,” Mr De Riso said.
“We have worked closely with a highly respected acoustic engineer to ensure what is being provided meets all required standards.”