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BIRMINGHAM: Residents object to late-night restaurant application

BIRMINGHAM: Residents object to late-night restaurant application

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A Rednal pub should not be granted extended opening hours, local residents have argued, due to the negative impact ‘rowdy’ customers and ‘antisocial behaviour’ would have on the local area.

The Old Hare and Hounds on Lickey Road, Rednal, is due to go before the council’s licensing committee tomorrow (Oct 27) with an application to remain open until midnight Sunday to Thursday and 1am Fridays and Saturdays.

However several local residents and a local councillor have expressed concerns at the proposals, and have urged the council to refuse the application.

Writing to the committee, Cllr Adrian Delaney (Cons, Rubery and Rednal) said: “Over the road from The Old Hare and Hounds is Elliott Gardens. Elliott Gardens is home to many elderly residents who already are concerned by the noise and disturbance caused to them especially late at night by this public house.

“Any increase in opening hours especially late at night will have a considerable impact on their quality of life.

“Noise of people drinking outside the Old Hare and Hounds, car doors slamming and customers leaving after closing time has a negative impact on neighbours amenity and quality of life.

“For these reasons they should not be granted a later licence.”

Several of those objecting to the proposals have also raised similar concerns, with one concerned about the impact ‘rowdy’ customers and cars ‘roaring off’ down the car park could have on the local area.

“I am concerned about the increase in noise levels in the early hours of the morning, especially from customers returning to their cars ( being rowdy, banging doors and roaring off down the car park),” one writes.

“I own a property that shares a border with the pub and am concerned about the volumes late at night and a rise in other antisocial behaviour that might arise from extended trading hours,” added another.

“This is because I expect that anyone looking to be served beyond the current opening hours will already have had a substantial amount to drink.”

“We do not think it is appropriate to have the pub hours extended,” a third resident states,

“It is bad enough having the noise from Joe Joe Jim’s nightclub, which is next door to the Old Hare and Hounds, without having further noise from
the pub at 12pm or later.

“We live opposite both of them and feel it is very unfair to us on this estate to have to put up with the music and the noise from people drinking so late.

“We also have problems with our parking on this estate from people using Joe Joe Jim’s and other people parking here most weekends, as Lai Lings restaurant now charge for their parking.”

The hearing will take place tomorrow (October 27).

Words: Tom Dare, Local Democracy Reporter

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