A FRIMLEY Green pub is to become a night spot despite objections from nearby residents.

The Rose and Thistle pub in Sturt Road has been granted a music and dancing licence by Surrey Heath Council.

Under the terms of the licence, the premises will be able to stay open until midnight instead of 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

But before the bands can strike up, work must be done to ensure the entertainment doesn't cause a nuisance to nearby residents.

People living near the Rose and Thistle complained that they were already kept awake by noisy drinkers leaving the pub at 11pm.

As far as they were concerned extending the closing hours to mid-night was "completely unacceptable".

But the council licensing committee was told in a report that no-one had ever complained about being disturbed.

In any case, added the report, any noise or vandalism could not be blamed solely on the Rose and Thistle because there were two other pubs in the area.

The pub is owned by Six Continents Retail plc which says it wants to create a "new type of public house" targeted at the 25-35 age group. It has so far spent £300,000 on fitting out the Rose and Thistle to provide music and dancing for a maximum of 160 customers.