Residents fight restaurant’s bid for late drinking

PUBLISHED: 12:20 14 September 2006 | UPDATED: 10:54 06 May 2010

A RESTAURANT S bid to open until 2am has been met by objections from a town council and residents. Sixteen residents attended Sandy Town Council on Monday night to hear its comments on Gaffneys which is due to open in St Neots Road next month. The owner

A RESTAURANT'S bid to open until 2am has been met by objections from a town council and residents.

Sixteen residents attended Sandy Town Council on Monday night to hear its comments on Gaffneys which is due to open in St Neots Road next month.

The owners have applied to Mid Beds District Council for a licence which would allow them to serve alcohol until 2am. They have also asked for permission to play live or recorded music and the showing of films.

Sue Foster, deputy town council clerk, told The Comet: "The council opposes it on four grounds.

"We think it will increase crime and disorder, affect public safety because of an increase in the volume of traffic and cause public nuisance because it is a residential area.

"We are also concerned that the restaurant is on the route used by school children and we didn't want them seeing unsightly views from the night before."

The town council will send its comments to Mid Beds District Council before a hearing is set.

Martin Burnside, Gaffneys spokesman, said the proposed licence is a blanket application to cover all eventualities.

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