A York hotel has again applied for an alcohol licence, amid residents’ concerns about the impact on their neighbourhood.
The owners of Clifton Bridge Hotel on Water End originally applied for the licence last year, but then withdrew its application at the last minute.
The new application will now be discussed at a licensing and gambling hearing next Monday (23 May).
The Water End venue has applied to serve alcohol from noon-11pm daily. It says drinks will only be served with meals and there will not be a separate bar.
As well as the 43-seat restaurant, there is an outside area for up to 20 people.
The hotel was previously licensed. But the licence was suspended in 2012 due to non-payment of the required annual fee.
Then it lapsed in 2018 following receipt after the council was informed the licence holder had died.
The police haven’t objected to the application, which comes with a long list of conditions, including CCTV coverage and training of staff. But 11 objections have been received, mostly from neighbours.
They express concerns about the potential for an increase in drunken and anti-social behaviour, and noise nuisance.
One wrote: “I have already witnessed a number of fights and drunken and aggressive behaviour outside the hotel, and a late night alcohol licence would undoubtedly make this much worse, particularly in what is otherwise a quiet residential road with a lot of young families.”
And ward councillors for Clifton Margaret Wells and Danny Myers have also objected. “We regularly speak to the police and are aware that several incidents reported at the hotel have resulted in police involvement,” they wrote.
“The residents are concerned that the granting of a licence will increase the need for police involvement in Clifton.”
The licensing and gambling hearing will take place at 10am on Monday, 23 May. You can read the papers here.