Neighbours’ anger over plans for new north Liverpool bar

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Proposals for a new bar in Kirkdale have drawn anger from some neighbours and local councillors.

Tereza Novotna has proposed plans to open a bar on Barlow Lane in Kirkdale, but will have to overcome the opposition in order to gain a licence.

Ms Novotna will go before Liverpool Council’s licensing and gambling sub-comittee on Monday to make her case to sell alcohol at 2 Barlow Lane between 10am and midnight, with extensions on certain days of the year.

However, two local councillors and 10 neighbours have opposed the plans, with most of the objections focusing on a potential increase in crime and disorder and the number of licensed premises already nearby.

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One objection to the proposals, which has been anonymised by the council, said another licensed premises was unnecessary.

A resident of Barlow Street, a nearby side street, said there was already a high density of drinking establishments nearby.

The unnamed resident said: “It will attract younger people with events and music and late night hours. This can lead to nuisance and disorder and litter for the residents of Barlow Street.

“There are 15 pubs within half a mile of Barlow Lane, including a Wetherspoons. Two are within 150 yards.”

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Another resident claimed there were already some issues with anti-social behaviour nearby, with people able to buy alcohol late at nearby pubs and off-licences.

A joint statement from two of the area’s ward councillors, Joe Hanson and Lisa Gaughan, confirmed that they had opposed the plance

Ms Novotna will be given the chance to make her case to the sub-committee on Monday.