Longer hours for village pub

PUBLISHED: 14:34 24 August 2006 | UPDATED: 10:45 06 May 2010

AN APPLICATION to extend the licensing hours of a pub has been approved despite opposition from residents. North Herts District Council s licensing and appeals committee met on Monday to discuss the application made by the Bushel and Strike in Mill Lane,

AN APPLICATION to extend the licensing hours of a pub has been approved despite opposition from residents.

North Herts District Council's licensing and appeals committee met on Monday to discuss the application made by the Bushel and Strike in Mill Lane, Ashwell.

Despite 21 representations opposing the idea, the committee extended the closing times from 11pm on Mondays to Saturdays and 10.30pm on Sundays, to 11.30pm on Sundays to Thursdays and 1am on Fridays and Saturdays - an extension of two hours on some nights.

One Mill Street resident said: "I wish they had said they would forbid people from making that infernal racket but I didn't expect them to so I'm not too disappointed."

Certain conditions have been attached to the licence and include keeping all the windows and doors closed during events where entertainment is provided and carrying out half-hourly assessments of the noise at neighbouring residential properties. If the noise is audible, the volume must be reduced.

There can also be no entry or re-entry to the premises after 11pm and no drinking in the garden after 11.30pm.

Failure to comply with any of these conditions is a criminal offence with a possible sentence of six months imprisonment and a £20,000 fine.


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