Residents fight pub’s move to serve until 3am

ELLAND residents have objected to a pub’s bid to extend its opening hours and host live music.

Objectors claim their lives have been made hell since the reopening of the Saville Arms in Southgate in October last year.

They say drunkenness and anti-social behaviour are rife in the area.

If granted, the application would increase the pub’s opening hours from 8am to 1am Monday to Thursday, and 8am to 3am Friday and Saturday.

The Saville Arms is currently open from 8am to 12.30am Monday to Saturday.

Letters sent to the council’s licensing sub-committee opposing the variation include accounts of drunken pub-goers urinating in gardens as well as reports of fighting, vomiting and litter left around the neighbourhood.

One family said their children had to sleep with their windows closed at weekends and was concerned about exposing them to “foul language and rowdy behaviour from drunken adults”.

Another resident said the behaviour of customers was “affecting our quality of life in our own home”.

The changes to the licence would also allow the pub to host live music from 8pm until midnight, and play recorded music and allow dancing until 1am on Friday and Saturday nights.

But it would include the condition that no glass or bottles would be taken outside the premises, except to a designated area.

The sub-committee will meet on Wednesday to decide whether to grant the application.

West Yorkshire Police and Environmental Health have made representations in the interest of prevention of crime and disorder and prevention of public nuisance.