Mixed views on pub’s later closing times
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