Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Seeking a Quay to Late Nights

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Seeking a Quay to Late Nights

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Byline: By Peter Young

A battle between residents and pub bosses over late opening on Newcastle Quayside comes to a head on Monday.

Flynns Bar wants a new public entertainment licence so they can open until midnight.

Residents, backed by their local councillor, are objecting ( claiming the move will add to existing problems of rowdy Quayside behaviour.

But the licensee at Flynns, Peter Bowlt, denied there are problems on the Quayside and said the trend to later opening is encouraging a more laid-back, continental style.

The application was adjourned in March following objections by residents and the case will now be heard at a meeting of Newcastle council's regulatory committee, on Monday.

Flynns is licensed to sell liquor during normal pub hours but has never had a public entertainment licence. If the application is granted it will allow music and dancing until midnight Monday to Saturday and 12.30am Sunday.

Around 80 pubs and clubs in Newcastle are already licensed to stay open past the traditional time of 11pm ( a 45% increase in three years.

The Quayside is one of the North East's most popular entertainment spots and residents say they already suffer anti-social behaviour.

An 18-name petition protesting at the Flynns application has been sent to the council by people in the nearby Blue Anchor housing development. …

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