Residents upset at plans for hotel bar

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SHEFFIELD’S newest hotel is causing controversy with neighbours in plush ‘city-living’ flats who are unhappy about plans for a seven-day licence to sell alcohol until 2am.

Work is progressing on converting the former West Bar police station into a Hampton By Hilton hotel.

Now an application has been made for a licence for the premises, at West Bar Green, which is to be considered at a Sheffield Council licensing board meeting on Tuesday.

The hotel owners say they will comply with the council’s licensing objectives of preventing crime and disorder, promoting public safety, preventing nuisance and protecting children from harm.

Their application promises installation of CCTV and training for staff such as asking young-looking guests for proof of age.

But resident Briony Richardson, a resident of Cutlery Works, on Lambert Street, has objected to the proposals.

She said: “The site is directly opposite Cutler Works, a factory conversion with over 60 apartments. There are lots of other residential blocks in the area as well.

“Cutlery Works is a single glazed building in a relatively quiet area. I am concerned about noise breakout, particularly with regard to positioning of rooms with live music and dancing.”

She added: “A much bigger concern is the likely behaviour of customers entering and exiting the premises with car and taxi noise. It only takes one noise or anti-social behaviour incident to wake you up in this quiet area.

“Potential for noise until 2am to 3am seven nights a week is a real cause for concern.”

Operator Sanguine Hospitality Management Company Limited, said: “The style and operation of the premises is designed to minimise the potential for crime and disorder.

“The management policy will be to communicate with parties in relation to any issues which arise.”