Pub granted longer hours in face of objections

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A PUB has been granted longer opening hours despite protests from neighbours.

The Black Bush Inn, in Washington, applied to the council to open until midnight between Thursday and Sunday.

But the application was met with objections from people living in the area because they feared the extra hours would increase noise disturbance.

Mr Morgan, who lives next door to the pub, said: “I have lived here for 24 years.

“My daughter’s bedroom directly overlooks the car park so any noise has a big effect on us.

“We have experienced disorder and noise disturbance in the past.

“We accept that there will be a period where people leaving after it closes but if the extension is granted people will be coming out at midnight and after that.

“There will also be an attraction for people to carry on drinking there because they will be able to get an extra hour.

“We have no complaints about the management but we are concerned about what goes on outside the pub.”

The pub said they wanted the extension just for events such as weddings and funerals.

Karen Hughes, from Flint Bishop LLP, representing the pub, said: “The landlady has been there for nine weeks and is an experienced pub operator. She is aware of the history of the premises and has made big changes to deal with them.

“Many of the neighbours come into the pub and she has explained the application to them.

“Nearly all of her business is based around food and she just wants the flexibility to cater for her community with events like funerals and weddings.

“With this ownership at the helm there is no real history of complaints and it seems she is being tarred with the same brush as previous tenants.”

The council committee granted the extension but only for Friday and Saturday and said a condition of the licence would be no drinks will be allowed outside after 9pm.

They also said no new drinkers would be allowed to enter the pub after 11pm.

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