Karaoke bar concern over late hours plan

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PLANS for a karaoke bar in a Sheffield suburb have run into controversy after the applicant initially proposed to open until 4am.

Mengting Guan, of Millsands in the city centre, is applying to Sheffield Council for a licence for the new business at the premises on Attercliffe Road, Attercliffe.

Ms Guan proposed to open each day at 3pm and stay open until 4am on Friday and Saturday nights and 2.30am on all other nights.

He applied for a licence to stage live music, recorded music and dance, and sell alcohol during all hours that the venue is open.

The plans involve converting the interior of the premises to have a bar and six karaoke booths, plus a function room and live-in manager’s flat upstairs.

But police objected to the hours and a letter was also sent to the council on behalf of ‘Attercliffe business owners, workers and residents’.

It read: “As a community already affected by bad press and previously troubled club premises, we feel granting this new club a licence until the proposed 4am closing time would be a grave mistake.

“The area is not just home to local businesses but has a lot of residents, too.

“We do not see the need for or reason why any premises requires a licence to operate these hours - most clubs and bars in town are restricted until 2am.

“As residents and business owners we feel that Attercliffe is being treated as a dumping ground by the council and local authorities. Minimal effort is being made to resolve issues that occur and our businesses and time living here are being affected.”

After the objections, Ms Guan has agreed to scale down the proposed opening hours, to close at midnight from Sundays to Thursdays and 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Police have said they will withdraw their objections if Ms Guan commits to installing colour CCTV cameras compliant with police specifications, has a zero tolerance policy on drugs, and ensures proof of age is requested when selling alcohol to people who look underage.

The application will be considered by Sheffield Council’s licensing board on Thursday.