Families fear more High Street trouble if pub opens until 1am

Families fear increased noise and anti-social behaviour in their community - if a pub is allowed to open until 1am three nights week. Hop Back Brewery wants to open The Archer, in Wolstanton, from 8am to 12.30am Monday to Thursday and 8am to 1am on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The Church Lane venue wants the later licence to give it more flexibility to hold events. Staffordshire Police and council environmental health experts have no objection to the proposal.

But Newcastle Borough Council has received four objections to the licensing application.

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Now members of the council's licensing sub-committee will rule on the application at a meeting this week.

Resident Amy Shirley said: “The extended hours will add to the increasing anti-social behaviour seen along the High Street of Wolstanton since the extra pubs have been added. There are now four pubs within a very short space and often from 9pm onwards people can be seen smoking outside, becoming increasingly noisy, and even arguing.”

Church Lane resident Susan Bradford added: “If this application is granted there would inevitably be an increase in noise levels from music on the premises and for longer periods of time. More customers would mean more noise at closing time which at weekends could be as late as 1am.”

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