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Uttoxeter pub goers can now drink into the early hours

By Uttoxeter Post and Times  |  Posted: July 25, 2014

By Jenny Moody

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A UTTOXETER pub will now be open into the early hours of the morning after being granted permission by licensing chiefs.

The Three Tunns, in Cheadle Road, will now serve alcohol until 1.30am on Fridays and Saturdays after a meeting before East Staffordshire Borough Council's licensing committee.

Landlord Paul Stockbridge, with agent Brian Wain, had originally applied for the licence until 2am but reached the compromise after 28 representations were received objecting to the plans and also a petition.

The objections mainly revolved around minor acts of antisocial behaviour after closing time, however, the police offered no evidence to support it and said it was a well-run venue.

Residents said they have been subjected to vandalism, litter, noise pollution and verbal abuse but added not all of the culprits had been leaving the pub.

Malcolm Morris, on behalf of the residents, said: "We don't have any objections to the current conditions but there is a history of low level antisocial behaviour due to alcohol – like vandalism and noise.

"We recognise the pub is a valid community facility but this is not appropriate in a residential area.

"The only other pubs that have the extended licence are based in the town centre."

He also said the incidents had not been reported to police as they are only minor.

The committee received no objections from responsible authorities including Staffordshire Police, the enforcement team and trading standards.

Mr Stockbridge said: "If we know there is a problem we can nip it in the bud straight away.

"One resident said there was a problem with people smoking outside the front and we are now telling people to smoke in the beer garden."

The popular pub was also granted permission to provide entertainment until 12.15am on Fridays and Saturdays instead of 11.15pm after it was heard it had lost business through private parties as a result of the earlier finish.

After the meeting Mr Stockbridge said he was glad to have been granted a later licence and it now meant he could take more bookings for private parties.

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