Decision looms on controversial bid by Coventry burger joint to stay open later

Controversial plans for a Coventry burger joint to stay open until midnight will be decided today, 4 June. Burger Boi on Daventry Road has applied for a licence to serve food from 11pm to 12am.

Council officers say permission for the move should be granted. But it will be decided on by councillors at a hearing after the bid was hit with objections from residents fearing noise and parking problems could get worse.

This included a petition signed by more than 30 people calling on the council not to extend the restaurant's opening hours. The appeal claims it would have a "detrimental effect" on people living nearby and claims activity would continue past midnight, which is "not acceptable" to local residents.

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A councillor for the area told the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) last month that residents are "very concerned" about what could happen if the later hours are agreed. A spokesperson for Burger Boi told the LDRS last month that they take the concerns "very seriously."

Cllrs Roger Bailey (L) and Barbara Mosterman (second R) and concerned residents outside Coventry council house
Cllrs Roger Bailey (L) and Barbara Mosterman (second R) and concerned residents outside Coventry council house -Credit:LDRS

The outlet said it would make any "necessary" changes to reduce noise late at night and pledged to help resolve parking issues. They added that they want to open later due to requests from customers and said the move will provide new jobs and more hours for staff.

Coventry council officers have recommended the restaurant's bid be approved. This is because other so-called "responsible authorities" have not had any objections or asked for conditions, a report said.

The hearing will take place at the council house this morning. It was due to take place last month but had to be rescheduled.

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