Row over Leeds club’s bid to stay open ’til 4am

Councillor Neil Dawson and residents of Marshall Close opposite the Townhouse Club in Commercial Street, Morley, who are protesting against the clubs application to extend their licencing to 4am on a weekend.
Councillor Neil Dawson and residents of Marshall Close opposite the Townhouse Club in Commercial Street, Morley, who are protesting against the clubs application to extend their licencing to 4am on a weekend.
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RESIDENTS living in the centre of Morley are battling against a bar’s application to stay open until 4am.

The Townhouse bar and club, at Commercial Street, wants to trade until the early hours on Friday and Saturday nights and has applied to extend its drinks license until 4am at weekends.

During the week - Monday to Thursday - it wants last orders at 11pm.

But older people living opposite at Marshall Close fear an increase in noise and disturbance.

Doreen Collinson, 78, said: “I live right opposite and when they close there is already lots of shouting and carrying on. It’s right outside on the street where we live.

“I know its not going to be extremely late every single night and only on weekends, but all the same. The disturbance and shouting is simply not wanted here.”

Mrs Collinson who has lived on the street for six years said some of the residents had been to see the club owner about their experience of noise problems.

Coun Neil Dawson (Lab, Morley North) is backing the residents’ plight and is gathering a petition against the new opening times.

He said: “The increased noise is not acceptable for the people who live nearby. I am backing them and also lobbying Morley MP Ed Balls on this as well as gathering a petition against the opening times.

“The venue has been there for many years. There are already a few problem but they would only increase with extended hours.”

Leeds City Council spokeswoman said that the licensing application for the Townhouse is going to the licensing committee on September 5.

They have applied for: sale of alcohol; exhibition of films (DVDs etc); live and recorded music; dance; opening until 4am on a Friday and Saturday; opening until 11pm Monday to Thursday.

The Yorkshire Evening Post contacted the Townhouse but a spokesman she they did not wish to make a comment.

alison.bellamy@ypn.co.uk