Spalding restaurant is barred from staying open later

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A Spalding restaurant has lost a bid to stay open longer at weekends over fears about the possible effect on neighbours.

Managers of the Graffiti Bar and Restaurant in Westlode Street had applied to South Holland District Council’s licensing panel to extend its opening hours from midnight until 2.30am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Some of residents complain about the noise to a helper, but they are not capable of going next door to speak about the noise or disturbances

Coun Angela Newton, South Holland District Council, Spalding Monkshouse

But representatives for people with learning disabilities living in a hostel nearby had complained that noise and other “disturbances” they were already experiencing would increase.

In a letter to the licensing panel, Spalding Monkshouse district councillor Angela Newton said: “The hostel is home to people with profound learning disabilities who are unable to verbalise a complaint and express their frustration verbally.

“A helper who provides transport has said that some of residents complain about the noise to them, but they are not capable of going next door to speak about the noise or disturbances.”

Premises licence holders for Graffiti had offered to limit alcohol sales to between 10am and midnight on both days as a condition to varying the opening hours, whilst being allowed to play music until 2am.

But Janet Halliwell, a trustee of Spalding Mencap Society, said: “This licence extension would have a massive impact on the residents of the hostel.”

Graffiti can appeal to magistrates against the decision made by the licensing panel after a hearing last Thursday.

In its ruling, South Holland District Council’s licensing panel revealed that a lack of confidence in Graffiti’s management to control noise levels was behind its decision.

During the hearing, management of the bar withdrew its application to play music until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.

But in a statement, the licensing panel said: “Unfortunately, the playing of music was not the only issue that would affect local residents and most particularly vulnerable parties who reside in the neighbouring property.

“The panel did not feel that the current management had a sufficient plan to control the potential of noise nuisance if an extension of opening hours were granted.

“Therefore, the application is rejected.”