Longer hours bid by bar

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COUNCIL permission could be granted next week for a bar in Sheffield city centre to stay open until 3am on a permanent basis, despite objections from neighbours about late-night disturbance.

Other venues in the area have similar closing times, so an exception should not be made with the Crystal bar in Carver Street, recommend council officers.

Councillors will give their verdict on Monday and they are under pressure from residents of the West Point apartments in West Street, who say they already have to suffer loud music, shouting, screaming, car noise and other disturbance.

“At present, the council seems to have a policy in favour of later opening hours to the detriment of surrounding residents,” says one objector.

When the bar opened, one of the conditions was that it closed by midnight.

This was later extended until 3am, but only temporarily, partly because a section of the neighbouring former headquarters of the National Union of Miners was due to be turned into apartments.

Now the building is earmarked to become a casino.

Council officers add: “Given the amount of late-night venues that operate until a similar time... it is not considered reasonable to conclude this proposal would notably increase street noise and other anti-social activity.”