Pub has opening hours extended

NEIGHBOURS of a West Hallam pub who ran a petition against plans to extend its opening hours were left disappointed after it was given permission to open an hour later.

Erewash Borough Council’s Licensing and Public Protection Panel received 21 letters of objection to the proposed extended opening hours at the Newdigate Inn on High Lane East, West Hallam.

The panel, Cllr Gough, Cllr Tumanow and Cllr Wilson, granted permission for the pub to sell alcohol from 9am until midnight from Sunday to Saturday meaning opening hours will now be 9am until 12.30am.

Derbyshire police recommended 28 conditions for the pub to stick to if permission was granted, some of them were existing conditions.

But the panel said only one additional condition would apply.

Windows and doors of the pub will have to remain closed at all times while music is played.

Licensing Enforcement Officer Pc Mark Dunn said: “We want all premises to be a safe environment for everyone to go out and enjoy.

“In my experience, opening later attracts a different kind of customer and that can cause problems such as anti-social behaviour and noise.

“We’re happy that the condition will protect nearby residents from any noise.”

The pub, run by Punch Taverns PLC, applied for the extension in opening hours and for the maximum capacity to be lifted as it has submitted a planning application to Erewash Borough Council to extend the premises.

John Coen, Punch Taverns PLC’s solicitor, said: “The pub is already a pleasant place but will be even more pleasant after £180,000 is spent improving and extending it.

“The extension will mean there will be room to seat 50 or 60 more diners and will mean we can offer provision for dancing at special events.”

Residents had gathered signatures after finding out about the licensing application.

They expressed concern about noise, anti-social behaviour and said they were concerned about the clientele that would be attracted to the venue if it opens later.

Mr Coen said: “We understand residents concerns but want to reassure them that the nature of the pub won’t change.

“There’s no reason these changes will mean a different clientele.

“We’re all agreed that the pub is well run and that will remain.”

Stephen Woolley lives on High Lane East, near to the Newdigate Inn.

He said: “The committee went further towards the application than I would have wished.

“We must now hope that promises and assurances given will be fully honoured.”

Peter Briggs, another resident, said: “I’m disappointed for residents who registered objections however it is a very complicated application and we are grateful that the licensing panel did acknowledge residents concerns.”