A PUB in Sunninghill that serves French Cuisine has been given permission to extend their opening hours despite neighbours’ restless nights.

The Carpenters Arms in Upper Village Road was granted an extension to their license to serve alcohol until midnight as well as close at 12:30am, seven days a week.

The owners, La Cloche Pub Company Ltd, are also now allowed to play live and recorded music until 1am on New Year’s Eve and to operate Sunday standard timings for Good Friday and Christmas Day.

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However, they were conditioned to close the rear garden from 11pm to reduce noise impacting neighbours.

A licensing sub-committee was triggered on August 27 after 18 objections were lodged against the plans, fearing noise and drunken rowdy behaviour will keep them up at night.

Speaking at the meeting, Pamela Thompson, who lives near the pub garden, said: “We have had incidents where, even up to 11pm, there’s noise in the garden, but I accept that and that’s why I never complained.

“But it does make it difficult even with our double glazing windows closed to get to sleep sometimes, and my concern is people will be sitting outside right next to where our bedrooms are until midnight, 12:30, and how that will impact us.”

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The pub owners said they have made measures, such as double glazing, to cushion as much noise as possible and offered to close the garden from 11pm to reduce night-time disruption.

At the meeting, Tina Noui, secretary of La Cloche Pub Company Ltd, said the extra opening hour is needed to help pay for staffing and food costs in order to run a “successful” and “viable” business in a rural area post-pandemic.

The council also set out mandatory conditions the pub has to abide by, including:

  • a ban on irresponsible promotions
  • mandatory provision of free drinking water
  • adoption of an age verification policy
  • the mandatory provision of smaller measures