Neighbours object to proposal by Northampton pub to extend opening hours

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Residents have objected to a Northampton pub extending its opening hours by 30 minutes.

The Sunnyside in Boughton Green Road has applied to Northampton Borough Council to let it stay open until 12.30am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Originally, it had sought to open until 1.30am until neighbours sent in strong objections about potential noise and anti-social behaviour.

Although, brewery company Marstons’ subsequently rowed back slightly on the time, residents said they still plan to object.

One objector said the community had been looking forward to comparative peace and quiet with the prospect of the university campus being relocated elsewhere in 2018.

They said: “Houses are starting to sell better since word of the closure of the university.

“We’ve endured the parking and noise caused with the university changing from a college. We do not need any disruption in our lives.”

Most of the objectors were worried about noise from music and people leaving the pub, and, therefore, disturbing their sleep.

One Abthorpe Road resident wrote: “After closing time, it is not unusual for the clientele to shout and scream on the main road and continue their frivolities for a considerable amount of time.”

Marston’s solicitors explained to councillors, who will hear the application this week, which they want to bring the Sunnyside in line with their other pubs, having recently taken on the Northampton premises.

They said they also wanted to “provide a little bit of additional time on Fridays and Saturdays, particularly during the festive period when the premises will be busier and people tend to linger for longer over meals or dine later.”