Audley pub wins fight to open longer
LANDLORD Paul Ball hopes his pub will become the hub of village life after being granted permission to open longer.
The 43-year-old, who runs the Boughey Arms, in Nantwich Road, Audley, can now open an hour later until midnight on both Fridays and Saturdays.
Mr Ball, who has spent £30,000 on a major refurbishment, believes the extension will allow the business to be more sustainable.
The businessman, from Audley, said: "We are really pleased that we have been granted the extra hour.
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"I think that it will increase trade and ensure the pub has a more sustainable future."
Newcastle Borough Council's licensing sub-committee has agreed to vary the licence but has imposed a number of restrictions.
Mr Ball has been told drinkers will not be allowed to use the beer garden after 10pm from Sunday to Thursday and after 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays, although it will still be accessible for smokers. Patrons must also leave via the front door in the evening.
Residents had raised concerns that the longer hours would lead to increased anti-social behaviour and noise in the normally peaceful village.
A total of three people living close to the pub penned letters of objection.
They claimed the proposed opening hours would be "disruptive" and "unreasonable".
One resident, from Wilbrahams Walk, who asked not to be named, said: "Whilst we are very pleased that the pub is under new management, we have serious misgivings regarding the extension of its licensing hours.
"It must be remembered that this is not a town centre pub, it is in the middle of a purely residential area."
But a council spokesman said: "There have been representations from residents living near the premises and conditions have been agreed between the applicant and Staffordshire Police."
Mr Ball, a father-of-two who also owns Peak Pursuits Ltd, reopened the pub in July creating around 10 new jobs.
And he claims a number of villagers have welcomed the longer opening hours.
He said: "It was nice to see that the changes were supported by some members of the village who were originally opposed to the late opening times.
"Two of the objectors came to the meeting and supported the application."
Mr Ball, a former Sir Thomas Boughey High School pupil, spent four months renovating the pub, which also serves food.
He said: "It is a traditional country pub and it is welcoming to all who pass through he village."