Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Wylam Brewery in Sunday Opening Bid

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Wylam Brewery in Sunday Opening Bid

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Byline: Simon Meechan Reporter

CRAFT beer drinkers may soon be able to sup on Sunday pints at Exhibition Park's Wylam Brewery.

The Northumberland brewery moved into its new home at the Palace of The Arts, in Newcastle's Exhibition Park, in May.

There, Wylam Brewery has a tap-house selling its beers direct to punters - but it only opens on Thursday and Friday between 5pm and 11pm and from midday to 11pm on Saturdays and Bank Holiday Sundays.

They have submitted a licence application asking for permission to serve on all Sundays between 10am and midnight.

Neither Northumbria Police or Environmental Health have objected to the proposal.

The council is confident Wylam Brewery is responsible and will continue to uphold Newcastle's licensing objectives of protecting children from home alongside preventing crime, disorder and nuisance.

Newcastle City Council health improvement officer Angela Wallis's submission reads: "It should be noted that Wylam Brewery has agreed a comprehensive, robust environmental management plan which is included within the licence.

"I am satisfied that the arrangements therein, when extended to include Sundays, will ensure the licensing objectives of public nuisance and public safety are upheld." But some people in nearby Jesmond have submitted objections.

One man, who lives about a mile away in Larkspur Terrace, describes Wylam Brewery as a "useful addition to social life" but claims the brewery extending opening hours "seems to indicate that its aim is about selling more drink rather than celebrating the Wylam brand".

He is also concerned about drinkers walking home through the park at night.

Another, in Queens Road, has objected on the grounds of public safety and protecting children from harm, due to increased traffic around Exhibition Park.

He says traffic has built up in the park since Wylam opened up, and suggests waiting longer so the brewery's impact can be assessed fully before any license extension.

Labour Councillor for South Jesmond Ward, Felicity Mendelson, is another who has objected - although she is open to expanded opening hours once there has been more time to evaluate the three-month-old brewery's impact. …

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