Late-opening concern at plan to revamp club

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Plans to revamp the former Polish Ex-servicemen’s Club in Sheffield as a bar have led to concerns from neighbouring residents about late opening.

Sheffield Council’s licensing board is to meet next Thursday to consider an application for the venue, to be called ‘Java Joe’s’, on Dover Road, off Ecclesall Road.

The former club closed in January 2009.

Six members of the public have objected to the proposals, which would involve opening between 10am and 1am daily, with alcohol on sale until midnight.

The application also requests permission to host live music, dance and sporting events.

One of the protesters, Matthew Simpson, secretary of Botanical Area Community Association, said: “The committee asked me to register our views.

“Play is being made of the fact the premises, as the Polish Ex-servicemen’s Club, had a licence for alcohol and entertainment.

“The proposed future use of the premises cannot be claimed to be comparable.

“The club catered for local Polish people who would arrive and leave on foot.

“The proposed future use would be dependent on people from further afield, who would arrive and leave by motorised transport.”

Mr Simpson said residents are concerned about late-night noise , which could disturb families living nearby.

Roger Purkiss, of nearby Bristol Road, said: “The proposed hours and music will have a significant effect on local residents and does constitute a public nuisance.”

Residents said that the venue should have shorter opening hours to reduce the potential disturbance to neighbours.