Anger over pub’s extra hours
A PUB has been given permission to extend its licensing hours despite objections from neighbours, police and environmental health officials.
Erhan Sahin, owner of The Three Steps at the Coachmans, had applied to extend the time staff could sell alcohol, provide live and recorded music and serve late night refreshments at the venue in High Street, Cowley.
He also applied to remove a condition from the licence which prevents customers from using the pub’s patio area after 11pm.
The application to vary the premises licence was discussed by Hillingdon Council’s licensing sub-committee (south) on Wednesday last week at the Civic Centre in High Street, Uxbridge.
The applicant wanted to extend the pub’s opening hours until from 12.30am currently to 2.30am on Sunday to Wednesday, with alcohol sold until 2am, and from 1.30am until 4am on Thursday to Saturday with alcohol sold until 3.30am.
Live music was requested to be extended on Monday to Sunday until 1am, with recorded music and late night refreshments extended on Sunday to Wednesday until 2am and from Thursday to Saturday until 3.30am.
Neighbours sent 11 letters of objection to the council with concerns about noise and the pub’s location in a residential area.
“Are these extended hours necessary when people have a good deal of the day to enjoy themselves without inconveniencing others?” one objector wrote.
Ward councillors Tony Burles, Keith Burrows and Judith Cooper for Uxbridge South, objected to the application.
Mr Burrows wrote: “This public house is in a very built-up area and I feel this application could lead to increased noise and anti-social behaviour.”
Acting police sergeant Ian Wares, the borough’s licensing enforcement officer, wrote that although there has been very little crime and disorder at the pub over the last year, police had concerns that if the licence hours were extended there would be an increase in anti-social behaviour.
Jo Smith, its principal environmental health officer at the council’s Environmental Protection Unit (EPU) also opposed the licence extension.
The committee agreed the pub could extend the hours for each licensed activity by one hour from Thursday to Saturday, but refused an extension of any hours from Sunday to Wednesday, and also refused to allow the pub to open its patio for longer than present.
n EXTENDING ITS HOURS: The Three Steps at The Coachman's Inn, High Street, Cowley