Residents’ fears over licence bid

Pointing Dog, Ecclesall Road, Sheffield.
Pointing Dog, Ecclesall Road, Sheffield.

A Sheffield bar and restaurant which wants to extend its licensing hours has run into fierce opposition from residents raising concerns over noise and disturbance.

The Pointing Dog Clubhouse - which opened in the old Polish Ex-Servicemen’s Social Club on Ecclesall Road earlier this year - has applied to extend the hours it can serve alcohol from midnight to 1am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, as well as Bank Holidays.

The business’s application says it is currently trading ‘without apparent difficulty’, but more than 40 people have objected, along with Coun Brian Webster, Green Party councillor for the Broomhill ward, and the council’s environmental protection service.

Jon Round, an environmental health officer, said in his objection: “The outside area at the Pointing Dog can accommodate more people than others in the vicinity. More importantly, after 9pm it is the only premises in the vicinity to have permission to allow customers to sit and drink in an external area.”

Mr Round said granting the new hours would give Pointing Dog ‘one of the latest licences for the sale of alcohol on Ecclesall Road’.

A resident of Dover Road said: “Late-night drinkers rarely notice the noise they are making, and the disturbance they create is substantial.

“Any extension to licensing hours would see this disruption increase and continue further into the night.”

Another resident said they were concerned about a shortage of parking, adding: “Cars are very often travelling at speed up and down our now permanently-congested roads as their owners search for a parking place.”

Coun Webster said he was also opposed to the new licensing hours.

“If granted, it would bring the hours of the Pointing Dog still further past the 11.30pm closing time that is standard in the area.

“Even with the current operating hours, there have been significant and demonstrable impacts on nearby residents - including families with small children - in the form of late-night noise.”

Coun Webster said the proposed licence would be ‘entirely inappropriate’ for a site near residential streets.

The Pointing Dog was originally granted permission on the condition it stuck to a ‘members’ club’ arrangement.

The matter will be discussed by the council’s licensing sub-committee next Thursday.