New Ecclesall Road bar gets go-ahead despite raging residents
The 418 Lounge has been given permission to remain open until 11pm, despite numerous complaints from Ecclesall Road residents
By: Jake Loader
Drinkers will be able to enjoy booze late into the night at a new Ecclesall Road bar – despite objections from fuming locals.
The 418 lounge, which is set to open before Christmas, sparked backlash from 13 residents in the area who feared ‘nasty incidents with drunk girls’.
But Sheffield City Council decided to push ahead with the plans at a licensing committee yesterday, on the condition the bar kept everyone inside from 9pm and shut at 11pm instead of the proposed 1am.
Saeed Ibrahimi, who is director of the new lounge, tried to reassure the worried locals his bar wouldn’t be a problem.
He told bemused residents at the meeting his £7,000 orange juice machine would be ‘the best in Europe’ and promised: “I will look after my neighbourhood.”
Mr. Ibrahimi also said if any customers are too drunk or too noisy, he will make sure they are kicked out.
But Vivienne Smith, of Thompson Road, said it was unrealistic he would be able to do this every time and told him: “I wish you were superman. But you’re not.”
Another resident, Trisha Morgan, of Southgrove Road, told councillors at the meeting she was plagued by drunken noise regularly.
She said: “We have a load of hassle from people on Ecclesall Road every night and I’ve had enough. I love where I live and I don’t want to move.
“Ecclesall Road is a community and has been for many years. West Street is fine but we don’t want to have another version here.”
A lawyer representing the lounge, Christopher Grunert, admitted ‘a small minority will over-indulge’ but said they had made ‘substantial concessions’ after the complaints.
The bar will be open all day and plans to serve food as well as alcohol.