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Concern over bar’s 2am plan
A POPULAR bar’s application to extend its opening hours may be music to revellers’ ears but not those living nearby.
The Courtyard in St Nicholas Street could open until 2am after an application was submitted to Worcester City Council by solicitors on behalf of license holders Marston’s Inns and Taverns.
But Councillor Lynn Denham said people living near to the venue in The Hopmarket and Sansome Point had expressed concerns to her over the application to open until 2am seven days a week.
A spokesman for Marston’s said although it was applying for permission to open the Courtyard until 2am every day, it only intended to use the extension on a Sunday and special occasions.
The company decided to make the application after using up its quota of Temporary Events Notices to run 10 events last year, which were staged without complaint.
Coun Denham said residents were worried that the extended opening hours could have an impact on them.
She said: “The Courtyard has been there for some time so people moving into the flats were aware of the noise but it going on until two in the morning is a whole different ball park.
“The question is would you like your neighbours partying until 2am seven days a week?
“The main message is about residents and city centre businesses learning to live together and accomodating each other hopefully.”
A closed meeting between residents and Diane Baker, area operations manager for Marston’s, is set to take place this week The spokesman for the pub company said: “We do not anticipate any new problems arising from its potential extension by one or two hours.
“The pub has excellent relationships with its local community and we look forward to reassuring residents about our intentions regarding this application at the upcoming meeting.”