Seymours Wine Bar, in Cheapside, Derby, wins right to extend opening hours and play more music
THE owner of a city centre bar has won the go-ahead to extend the venue's opening hours and provide more entertainment.
Steven Gough said he applied to make the changes at Seymours Wine Bar, in Cheapside, because he was keen to promote trade in that part of the city and create a "relaxed atmosphere" and "vibrancy" at his premises.
Derby City Council yesterday gave the go-ahead to his plans – allowing the bar to open from noon until 1am on Fridays and Saturdays, instead of from 5pm; and noon until 11pm on Sundays, instead of from 7pm.
Its general licensing sub-committee also backed plans to play live and recorded music inside from noon and in outdoor areas from 6pm.
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Mr Gough said: "I'm very pleased the plans were approved.
"In the 10 years we have been here, we've only ever had one complaint about noise and we've always respected our neighbours and our customers.
"We are located in one of nicest parts of Derby and, particularly as summer comes along, we want to encourage people to come here, sit in the sun and enjoy the area."
The meeting heard how a letter of objection – from Dr Michael Hall, of Michael Hall Designer Jeweller, of Cheapside – had been withdrawn beforehand.
It was also told an objection from Robert Milton, on behalf of the Churches Conservation Trust – which expressed concerns about vandalism in the area – related to issues which could not "be directly attributed to Seymours".
Mr Gough said: "We always had a good relationship with the police and the council. We've actively tackled the problems of street drinkers and the way we've run the pub for the past 10 years has been very positive.
"By extending our hours during the day, we're looking at increasing the lunch trade but we're being responsible by not touching our closing hours."