Fears over bid for late license

Henry's Bar and Grill, Henry Street, Lytham.
Henry's Bar and Grill, Henry Street, Lytham.
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FEARS have been raised a leafy Fylde town could be turned into a late night drinking hotspot if a cocktail bar is given the go-ahead to open into the early hours.

Lytham bar Henry’s is bidding to be allowed to keep serving until 1.30am on Friday and Saturday nights – but residents nearby fear the application is just the tip of the iceberg.

Several have written to Fylde Council voicing concerns if Henry’s is given the green light, applications will flood in from other neighbouring bars and takeaways.

Snowball

Lytham Coun Ken Hopwood said: “It’s a bit of a snowball affect, when one person gets an extension everybody wants one.

“I think due consideration needs to be applied with regard to residents in the area and their requirements. The cafe culture has surrounded the Henry Street area and I accept that section has very few residents, but it spills out beyond there as well.

“I know The Homestead accommodation for elderly residents on Henry Street has had problems.”

One neighbour has told the council she already experiences so much noise from Henry’s she is unable to watch TV in her living room at night.

Catherine Hall, who lives next door to the bar, added: “I support the owner in his desire to create a successful business and it’s not my intention to object for objecting sake.

“However, I have strong concern this extension will cause me ongoing issues with regards to the noise levels from Henrys bar in my lounge as well as increased street noise into the early hours as people leave.”

And Brian Shepherd, who lives on nearby Queen Street, said: “Within shouting distance of our residences there are 10 restaurants, five take-aways, numerous cafes, two hotels and two pubs. To add a night club into this mix would be the final nail in the coffin.”

A spokesman for Henry’s added: “The owners work closely with the police and licensing authority to ensure the premises are trouble-free and don’t cause any issues for neighbours.

“The police and statutory authorities themselves haven’t put forward any objections to this proposal.

“We’ve opened until these times on many occasions on temporary licenses and never had cause for complaint.”

The issue will be decided by Fylde Council’s licensing panel when it meets on Wednesday, December 21.