Anger over pub’s ex­tra hours

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­

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


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