Pubs’ bid to stay open for longer

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TWO pubs are causing controversy in Sheffield neighbourhoods with applications to open later.

The owner of The Fox and Hounds, on Fox Hill Road, Fox Hill, is applying for consent to open until 12.30am Sundays to Thursdays and 1.30am Fridays and Saturdays.

The pub, which has closed but is set to be relaunched under new premises superviser David Sadler, of Parson Cross, is currently forced to close at midnight Sundays to Thursdays and 1am on Fridays and Saturdays.

One resident has objected claiming they have suffered ‘two years of hell’ with people vacating the premises fighting, screaming and shouting under the old management.

The application will be considered at a meeting of Sheffield Council’s licensing board tomorrow, which will also decide on an application for The Bull’s Head, Fulwood Road, Ranmoor.

Owner Enterprise Inns is seeking an entertainment licence and permission to serve until midnight instead of 11pm.

Two objections have been made. David Barber, of The Ranmoor Society, said: “It seems unlikely residents are pressing either for increased drinking hours or loud music to midnight so it must be assumed the intention is to capture student and out-of-area custom. The problems of late drinking are well known.”

Fulwood councillor Janice Sidebottom, who represents the area, added: “I support the residents’ view that serving alcohol and entertainment until midnight will add noise and disturbance and adversely affect the residential amenity of the area.”