Drinking venues in Sheffield have been granted extra hours for a one-year trial – despite continued complaints by city centre residents about revellers’ behaviour.
Members of the Sheffield City Centre Residents’ Action Group likened streets outside bars to a ‘sea of broken glass and vomit’.
Sheffield Council’s licensing committee approved a change of opening hours for venues at the West One complex, Devonshire Green, so they can close at 1am Sundays to Thursdays and 1.30am on Friday and Saturday nights.
Currently, West One’s bars – Revolution, Las Iguanas, The Hop and Fitzwilliam and West – have to close at 12.30pm.
Council planning officers recommended their application should be refused after 13 objections on grounds of late night disturbance.
There were 10 letters of support, however, including some from businesses within West One.
Planning committee member, Coun Peter Price, said people who live in the city centre ‘must expect disruption from the late-night economy’.
The extra time was approved as a 12-month experiment.
But Peter Sephton, chairman of the action group, said: “We do accept some noise is inevitable, but we do not accept the premise that our city centre has to be turned into a sea of broken glass and vomit, cause work for the police and clean-up contractors, leave our pavements unusable next morning, and keep us awake into the early hours.
“Is this the image we want to give to those arriving from out of the city the next day?”
Mr Sephton cited examples of problems including one on a night last week, when he said a group of around 40 drunken youths was ‘shouting and swearing in Cavendish Street’.
He said they had to be dispersed by police.