Objections to wine bar plans despite promise of 20 new jobs for city
MORE than 20 jobs could be created if a new wine bar gets the go-ahead in Derby city centre, despite concerns that there are already too many bars and pubs in the area.
Developer Tony Sandhu wants to convert the former Yau's Chinese restaurant, in the Wardwick, into a bar aimed at people over 25.
He says that, if Derby City Council grants him the go-ahead, the bar will open in July, creating 20 part-time and two full-time jobs.
But shopkeepers with businesses near the site say they do not want more firms in the street that attract drunks and open at night, instead of attracting daytime customers.
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The area's shop fronts were recently returned to their former Victorian or Edwardian glories through a £1 million scheme, funded by Derby City Council and English Heritage.
Trevor Raybould, of chartered surveyors Raybould and Sons, on the Strand, was involved with the restorations and said it was time to stop allowing new pubs to open nearby.
He said: "A lot of private money has been invested in this area and it will stop if this type of application is encouraged.
"There are three empty shops in the Strand at the moment, which need to be reoccupied quickly. Pubs do not mix with libraries, museums, shops and offices."
John Sallis, owner of Strand Wools, in the same street, said another pub would mean "more cleaning up of vomit, urine and worse from shop fronts".
Mr Sandhu said the site had "not been a retail operation for the past 40 years" and had "always been an evening restaurant" in that time.
He said the bar would be aimed at "more high-end clientele" and be "relatively quiet in comparison to other venues [in the area]".
Mr Sandhu said he planned to spend about £300,000 on refurbishing the building, which is grade two listed, having originally been a townhouse from the late-17th to early-18th century.
Council officers have recommended the wine bar is given the go-ahead by the authority's planning control committee on Thursday.