Residents sound protest at karaoke bar scheme

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PLANS for a Chinese karaoke bar which would stay open until 4am have upset neighbouring residents.

Businessman Nan Wang is applying for permission to open the premises on Scotland Street, in the St Vincent’s Quarter of Sheffield city centre.

The venue would trade as K Max Karaoke Bar and Restaurant and open from 12noon until 2am Sundays to Thursdays, and 12 noon until 4am Fridays and Saturdays.

The premises would also be open until 4am on Chinese New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Sheffield Council’s licensing board is to consider the application at a meeting on Thursday morning.

But six residents have objected to the council due to potential for noise nuisance and concern about people leaving the venue late at night.

Ruth Johnson and Tom Paine, of Chapel West flats on Furnace Hill, who are among those objecting, said: “The area is currently a very residential, quiet area - especially at night.

“At present, we can leave our bedroom window open at night and sleep undisturbed.

“If this bar were to open, people would be coming and going at very unsociable hours and under the influence of alcohol, no doubt some customers would be loud and rowdy.

“Additionally there would be taxis. The windows in our building are not double glazed and cannot be altered as it is a listed building.”

The unhappy residents have been supported by Green Party Central ward Coun Rob Murphy, who said: “This area needs to be carefully developed to ensure residents can live happily close to the city centre. Plonking a 4am bar in the middle cannot fit in.”

Work has already taken place to partially-convert the premises on Scotland Street into the karaoke bar.

Mr Wang, from Birmingham, was unavailable for comment about the objections.