Bar is refused longer hours

Sheffield City Centre Bars.....Alibi Bar

Sheffield City Centre Bars.....Alibi Bar

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Residents’ fears over noise if pubs allowed to open later

A BAR in Sheffield has been refused permission to extend its opening hours - after councillors decided local residents would be disturbed by excessive noise.

Walkabout, on Carver Street in Sheffield city centre, wanted to stay open until 3am daily, but councillors turned the application down.

An alternative request for an 18-month trial of the new opening times was also refused.

The bar had claimed the extension from 2am would give customers a wider window of time for people to leave the premises.

Robyn Blackburn, from town planning consultancy Planning Potential, who represented the bar, said: “It would be a far better situation to have more time to disperse customers over a longer period.”

But a meeting of Sheffield Council’s City Centre, South and East Planning Committee refused the application.

Cocktail bar Alibi, on Trippet Lane, also saw a decision to extend its opening hours deferred after council officers visited the bar on Saturday night and saw people still entering the bar at just before 1.30am - when its current closing time should be 12.30am. The venue had been granted permission to open until 1.30am on a trial basis which expired last October.

The proposals attracted 15 complaints from people living nearby.

One resident of Royal Plaza, on West Street, said revellers outside the flats were “loud and rowdy”, and that allowing Walkabout to open until 3am would “set a precedent for other noisy bars”.

Chairman Coun John Hesketh said: “It’s a balance. This committee is keenly aware of a need to encourage a night-time economy, but the city centre also has people who live there. We have striven for some years now to try and get that balance right.”