Fuming residents slam plans for more late-night drinking on Ecclesall Road

Plans to allow boozy revellers to stay out until the early hours of the morning on Ecclesall Road have been slammed by furious locals

By: Jake Loader
Date: 12/10/2021

Plans to allow boozy revellers to stay out until the early hours of the morning on Ecclesall Road have been slammed by furious locals.

The 418 Lounge has sparked a wave of angry backlash after applying to extend its hours until 1:30 am.

Currently, the vast majority of bars on Ecclesall Road shut their doors at 11 pm.

Bob Bennett, a retired lecturer who lives on Dover Street, told South West Source he was worried that if the application was passed, other bars would do the same.

He said: “There’s a danger of Ecclesall Road turning into West Street. The drunkenness you see on West Street would not be okay here.

“Opening later attracts a certain type of person. It’s about the precedent – some other businesses will follow.”

Bob is worried the plans will attract the wrong type of person

But despite the concerns from locals, Masoud and Saeed Ibrahimi, who are behind the application, say they will take steps to minimise disruption.

They told Sheffield City Council they will install CCTV, encourage customers to leave quietly and refuse to serve drinkers who have had too much already.

However, people in the area still aren’t convinced and are continuing their fight against the plans.

Dr John Carlisle, of Dover Road, labelled the idea as ‘absurd’.

He wrote: “I would like to protest most strongly. There are local pubs that are family-friendly and not solely for singles… some of whom I, at nearly 80, find quite intimidating.

“The closing times are absurd for a residential area. There are already 10 bars in the vicinity… that is enough.”

The lounge is currently being refurbished

Whilst another worried local, Drummond Murdoch, of  Thompson Road, pointed out that late-night drinkers could cause chaos on the street.

He argued: “It will cause untold and increased anti-social behaviour issues in the neighbouring streets, and noise disturbance to the properties nearby.

“Later at night noise from Ecclesall Road carries throughout our neighbourhood. Voices will carry… I am acutely aware of my family being woken by the resulting noise and behaviour.”

A council meeting is scheduled today (Tuesday 12 October) to discuss the plans further.

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