Anger at bar proposal

PUBLISHED: 11:46 16 February 2006 | UPDATED: 09:40 06 May 2010

The site for the proposed bar

The site for the proposed bar

RESIDENTS are concerned that an application for a new bar or restaurant, which could open as late as 3.30am, is being considered. Stevenage Borough Council has received an application from Loftcat Leisure for a premises licence for 56 and 58 High Street,

RESIDENTS are concerned that an application for a new bar or restaurant, which could open as late as 3.30am, is being considered.

Stevenage Borough Council has received an application from Loftcat Leisure for a premises licence for 56 and 58 High Street, Old Town - previously a furnishing business.

Just last week the council granted planning permission for the owners to change the use of the ground floor from a shop to a drinking establishment.

The premises, to be known as KYBA, has asked to sell alcohol from 9am until 1am on Monday through to Wednesday, 9am until 3am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 9am until midnight on Sunday.

Old Town councillor Michael Downing said he understands residents' concerns.

He said: "It is one thing for clubs on the leisure park to open late but it is another matter for the Old Town when residents live so close by. Noise would be the major problem.

"I don't think there are too many restaurants in the Old Town but I do think there is a lack of variety and not enough quality restaurants."

A Basils Road resident, who did not want to be named, told The Comet: "This is terrible. We suffer enough with noise from drinkers laughing, singing and talking as they leave the pubs.

"It will be even worse if the application is granted."

* To view the premises licence application call Jan Pulford at the council on 01438 212 036. Objections need to be raised in writing by February 27.

* What do you think? Is there the need for another bar/restaurant in Stevenage Old Town? Let us know your views on www.thecomet.net

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