Anger at Derbyshire town centre pub’s bid to sell booze until 5.30am

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A pub in Ripley has applied for permission to play outdoor music until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays and serve alcohol until 5.30am every day of the week.

The Old Cock Inn, in Church Street, which shares a site with The Association nightclub, has requested the changes in an application to Amber Valley Borough Council.

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A licensing panel will decide the fate of the application as we go to press on Wednesday, December 5.

The owners of the venue would like to attach two outdoor speakers on the pub’s terrace area and play recorded music from 11pm until 2am on every Friday, Saturday and bank holiday Sundays.

On top of this, they would like to extend the period in which they can sell alcohol.

As it stands the venue currently sells alcohol from 10am to 3.30am – this would be extended to 10am until 5.30am.

The venue’s general opening hours would also be changed alongside this from the current 10am until 3.30am, with a 4am closure on Saturdays, to 10am until 6am.

The borough council’s principal pollution officer, Melanie Goodier, wrote in a statement attached to the application that there were concerns regarding the outdoor music proposals.

Ripley landlord Steven Quibell wrote an objection letter to the borough council and claimed that the venue had a history of causing disruption in the town.

He said that in the past a bottle was thrown at one of his tenants’ windows on Church Street, close to the venue and that fighting and other “disturbances” have taken place on “various occasions”.

He wrote: “I believe should the extended hours and outdoor music licence be granted this will have a detrimental effect on my current and future tenants.”

Ripley residents Christine Garner and Melvyn Brough also wrote an objection letter.

They said: “Living within 100 metres of The Association we are disturbed in our home every weekend by people leaving this establishment – and other late night venues – until the early hours of the morning.

“Examples of nuisance noise are shouting, screaming, whistling, banging on walls,doors and windows.

“Other associated nuisance behaviours include loitering & littering – including bodily fluids.”

A spokesperson for The Old Cock Inn was not available for comment.