Late night bar bid rejected over noise fears

The Boars Head as it looks today.
The Boars Head as it looks today.
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A pub in Marton has been refused permission to extend its weekend opening hours amid concerns that rowdy revellers would disturb neighbours.

The Boars Head on Preston Old Road wanted to extend its closing time on Friday and Saturdays from 12.30am until 1.30am - and serve alcohol until 1am rather than midnight as is currently permitted.

It also wanted to remove a condition allowing amplified music on Fridays and Saturdays, and was seeking the go-ahead to stage live music until 12.30am on those days.

But there were five objections by nearby residents, including Roy Edmonds, who attended a hearing of Blackpool Council’s licensing committee held to decide upon the application.

Martin Lowe, area manager for pub company Dorbiere, told committee members councillors Adrian Hutton, David O’Hara and Peter Hunter: “We feel we are losing business at weekends when people have to leave the premises and go elsewhere.”

He added that the company had invested money in improving what he sad was a friendly, family oriented pub and that there were signs on all exits asking people to respect neighbours and leave quietly.

Mr Lowe said the pub had a zero-tolerance drugs policy, promoted responsible drinking and had installed extra CCTV and acoustic windows as part of the recent refurbishment.

He added that the pub would be happy to hold regular meetings with residents to discuss any issues.

Neighbours were represented at the hearing by Cllr Jim Elmes.

Cllr Elmes said that another nearby pub The Saddle, currently had the same opening hours and that if the application was granted local people would have to put up with disturbance from two separate closing times.

“It would exacerbate problems with noise on the street for the neighbours,” he said.

“People would end up leaving The Saddle and migrating to The Boars Head and then residents would have two lots of shouting, singing and dancing and getting into taxis.

“It would be murder for the neighbours.”

Cllr Elmes added that acoustic-proof windows would not protect residents from the sound of live music when people opened the doors to go in and out of the pub.

Mr Edmonds said: “A lot of other neighbours have said they are very concerned about this.”

He added that pub customers in high spirits would often knock on people’s doors or rap on their windows when leaving and that conversations and rows could be heard from the pub’s outside area.

The committee sympathised with the concerns of neighbours and refused the application.

Sharon Davies, the council’s principal licensing solicitor, said: “The committee has been satisfied that extending the hours would result in additional public nuisance in an area that is residential in nature.”

After the hearing, Mr Lowe said Dorbiere would consider whether to appeal.