Pub gets green light to extend licencing hours

The Bourtree.
The Bourtree.

Wetherspoon’s has been granted an extension of its drinking hours – despite an objection from neighbours.

The pub can now sell alcohol at 11am on a Sunday, instead of from noon under the previous licence, and can stay open an extra hour until 1am on Thursdays (Friday mornings).

But last Friday, in a letter to Scottish Borders Licensing Board, John and Belinda Adam asked for a refusal, claiming existing drinking hours were “bad enough”.

The couple stated: “Our bedroom wall is adjacent to the car park and people coming and going can be heard late at night and the littering of patrons from the premises is unacceptable. The smell from the service of food is horrendous. The hours they currently have are perfectly sufficient. They do not require an extension to cause disturbance to residential properties.”

At the meeting in Newtown, which Mr and Mrs Adam did not attend, Glasgow lawyer Archie Maciver, for Wetherspoon, said police had not objected to the application and said management were “completely unaware” of any problems regarding cooking smells.

“The car park is cleaned regularly and since the pub opened there has been just one issue regarding noise. I am unaware of any complaints to environmental health,” said Mr Maciver. The board unanimously agreed to the licence extension.