Mixed views on pub’s later clos­ing times

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APOPULAR fam­ily pub is plan­ning to open ear­lier and close later – and some peo­ple aren’t happy.

The Nags Head, on Green Lane, in Thorn­ton, wants to open to serve al­co­hol from 9am daily. Cur­rently, doors open at 11am.

The pub’s own­ers also want to be able to stay open un­til 1.30am at week­ends – with last or­ders called at 1am.

A num­ber of peo­ple liv­ing nearby have raised con­cerns about the pro­posed new hours, with one writ­ing a lengthy ob­jec­tion let­ter.

The Thorn­ton res­i­dent, whose name has been blanked out by Sefton Coun­cil, says they al­ready have to call the pub about the noise at week­ends.

Part of the let­ter reads: “At present, they don’t ad­here to li­cens­ing hours they have and there are of­ten peo­ple still on the premises af­ter the ‘open to pub­lic’ hours.

“I have had to ring the pub on Fri­day and Satur­day nights to ask if they can stop the noise. We were also able to lis­ten to a re­play of the Ever­ton match on the morn­ing of Novem­ber 5.

“We put up with a lot of noise and don’t think it’s right to be sub­ject to any more. This is sup­posed to be a fam­ily pub; how can sell­ing al­co­hol from 9 in the morn­ing be fam­ily-friendly?”

Not ev­ery­one is against the plans, though.

Deb­bie Hall said: “I don’t drink at break­fast time, and I’m not sure many would want to, and I have no prob­lem with it stay­ing open for an ex­tra cou­ple of hours on Fri­day and Satur­day nights.”

The Nags Head is sit­u­ated in a res-iden­tial area near Crosby. The well-known pub con­verted to a Hun­gry Horse venue in 2009.

Last year, the pub un­der­went a six-fig­ure makeover, and now boasts an im­proved bar area and beer gar­den.

Sefton Coun­cil’s li­cens­ing sub­com­mit­tee will de­cide whether or not to ap­prove the changes to open­ing hours at a meet­ing on Mon­day.

The Nag’s Head in Thorn­ton

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