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Objection to pub being open longer hours

A Fleet resident has claimed they are they are "constantly forced" to live with noise from customers drinking outside The Old Emporium, loud music and people leaving late into the night.

Hart District Council

A fed up resident is opposing a town centre pub's bid to open longer.

The Old Emporium in Fleet has applied to Hart District Council for a variation to its premises licence.

The Fleet Road pub wants to open and sell alcohol from 9am every day and not close until 3.30am on Bank holidays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Eve.

David King, Hart's principal licensing officer, said no representations were received from the nine responsible authorities about the application and the council’s environmental health department said it had not received any noise complaints associated with the pub since February 16, 2011.

But he said the council did receive a letter from a resident of Upper Street, which is opposite the pub, objecting to the proposed variation.

In the letter, the resident said they were "constantly forced" to live with noise from customers drinking outside, loud music and people leaving late into the night.

They said there are regular arguments and fights at the end of the evening and the problem will only get worse if customers were allowed to drink for longer periods.

Mr King said the current premises licence for the Old Emporium was issued by Hart in September last year following a change to the layout of the pub.

The pub is currently allowed to sell alcohol from 11am to midnight Sunday to Wednesday from and from 11am to 2am Thursday to Saturday.

The application will be considered by a three-member panel of Hart Council’s licensing committee next Thursday.

A spokesman for owners Greene King said: "The Emporium is a long-established, well-managed and popular pub.

"We pride ourselves on being a responsible retailer and the team at the pub works hard to ensure that we and our customers are as considerate as possible to our neighbours.

"The application formalises the hours we have been operating on a bank holiday Sunday for the past five years and would allow us to offer breakfast in line with other establishments in the area."

 

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