Controversy at park pub plans

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to reopen a bar and restaurant as a student pub offering cheap promotions have sparked a string of objections from worried residents.

Members of Sheffield Council’s licensing board will examine the application for the Dam House bar and restaurant, in Crookes Valley Park, on Tuesday.

The Dam House has had a series of owners in recent years - including former Sheffield Wednesday player Carlton Palmer - and was sold in the autumn of last year after being closed for a number of months.

Kamalijit Singh Sangha and Simrun Badh, both from Grenoside, have applied to reopen the venue as a student pub serving food from 8am until 11pm during the week and 11.30pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Promotional literature has already been issued promising ‘more bang for your buck’ and ‘calling time on overpriced food and drink’.

Flyers on Facebook and Twitter also say there will be big-screen sports showing, karaoke nights and video game tournaments on 60in screens.

But 20 objections have been made by residents in Crookesmoor and Broomhill, The Friends of Crookesmoor Parks, Harcourt Community Action and Bernard Little, from Broomhill Green Party.

They are concerned about potential for noise, increased litter, crime and anti-social behaviour, and a possible impact on wildlife and the landscape of Crookes Valley Park.

Meanwhile, Viper Rooms and Viper Lounge, on Carver Street in the city centre, is applying to extend its opening hours to close at 4am each night instead of 3.30am, and allow drinkers to enter the premises until 3am.

The application has attracted 18 objections from residents of neighbouring apartments on the grounds of increased noise nuisance, supported by Green Party central ward councillor, Rob Murphy.

One resident, Carly Lanera, said: “I think it is bad enough to open until 3.30am let alone 4am.

“Every night, there is screaming until the early hours.

“It makes it very hard to relax and very irritating when you are wanting to have a quiet night in.

“I hear people fighting and shouting.”