Noise fears as Sheffield bar Pointing Dog seeks 1am closing

The Pointing Dog, Ecclesall Road, Sheffield.
The Pointing Dog, Ecclesall Road, Sheffield.
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Dozens of objections have been lodged against a bid by a Sheffield bar to extend its opening hours until 1am.

The Pointing Dog on Ecclesall Road, which opened earlier this year in the former Polish ex-servicemen’s club, wants to extend its closing time from midnight between Thursday and Saturday.

However, 41 residents, Coun Brian Webster, Sheffield Council Green Party member for Broomhill, and the council’s environmental health department all oppose the idea, raising concerns over increased noise

It is the latest application for Ecclesall Road which has sparked concerns from residents, with recent plans for a micropub and outdoor coffee area proving controversial, amid concerns over disturbance.

Letters to the council ahead of the Pointing Dog’s premises licence review tomorrow say it will result in ‘excessive noise disturbance’ from an outdoor terrace.

Joe Round, environmental health officer, said it was the only business in the area with an outside area allowed to stay open after 9pm.

One resident said the noise level generated by customers at the Pointing Dog was ‘already offensive’ and noise from associated traffic was ‘equally intolerable’.

Others said they were already facing significant problems of weekend noise nuisance from late-night drinking in the area.

Another said to approve the change would ‘set a precedent for an inevitable slide into a nightclub zone’.

They said: “Residents already have to endure noise at night and frequently have to avoid vomit on the pavements as we walk our children to school.”

Councillors have the powers to vary the licence with new conditions or reject the plan.