Late night Sunday booze bid approved despite objection from neighbour that bar and takeaway noise forces him to sleep on bathroom floor
The site of Durham’s former Fishtank bar has been given permission to serve alcohol until 2am on Sundays.
Bar 33, which took over the venue, in Neville Street, last year, had seen its bid for later opening hit a stumbling block following a complaint from a neighbour.
But members of Durham County Council’s Statutory Licensing Sub-Committee gave the application the green light on Tuesday (January 22) after dismissing the objections.
In a letter to the council’s licensing department, Brendan McKeon claimed to be the ‘last permanent resident’ living in Neville Street, which has been his home for more than 30 years.
He also claimed late night noise from nearby bars and takeaways regularly forced him to sleep in his bathroom.
He told the panel: “Previously, Sunday was the only day where [licensed] hours were less late.
“A previous committee said you were entitled to sleep on one night, which I personally found a bit insulting.
“But from the point of view of the residents, they are interfering with our one quiet night.”
The applicants however claimed not to have had any complaints about noise during their time operating the venue.
And they added that the application for later opening hours on Sundays would bring it into line with the hours it kept every other day of the week.
A second letter of objection from the City of Durham Parish Council was also withdrawn after councillors met the applicant.
Matt Foster, of Mincoffs solicitors, representing the applicant, said: “Mr McKeon has made a very generic representation about other premises in the area and he said he has not been affected by these premises.
“I would like to submit it is not a relevant representation.
“This has been a very carefully considered representation and there has been a lot of careful thought gone into the submission of it.
“To refuse this application would require an enormous amount of speculation and evidence – you haven’t got the evidence and I know that as a committee you would not speculate in that way.”
The panel voted to approve the application.
The committee’s chairwoman, Coun Linda Marshall, said: “The committee has taken notice of what was in front of us and decided to grant the licence, consistent with the conditions.”
James Harrison, Local Democracy Reporting Service