Bar’s struggle for longer hours

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A SHEFFIELD bar and restaurant is facing another uphill struggle in an attempt to be allowed to stay open later.

Residents near Studio 557 in Ecclesall Road remain opposed to extending opening hours to 12.30am because of the noise – and council officers agree that closing time should be 11.30pm in line with others pubs and bars in the area.

Councillors decide on Monday. They have granted permission three times for the extra hour for a trial period, previously when it was the Walnut Club, but are now being recommended to draw a line, despite a request from the bar owners for another 12 months so that more information can be collected.

Officers say that although there have been no formal complaints during the current trial period, and noise from the club itself can be controlled, there is evidence of noise from customers leaving the premises.

Consequently it is felt that restrictions placed originally on the Walnut Club in 2006 should remain – an approach endorsed by Government planning inspectors when other places on Ecclesall Road such as the Porter Brook pub and Nonna’s bar and restaurant have appealed.

The latest application has led to objections from Sharrow Vale Community Association, Botanical Area Community Association, Endcliffe Corner Community Association and Broomhill councillor Stuart Wattam.