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City pub puts in plans for 14 hour drinking licence in new beer garden

A popular city pub wants to run a beer garden bar using a 14-hour drinking licence as lockdown restrictions ease – but the proposal has divided opinion within the community.

The Bristol Pear, in Selly Oak, is seeking to sell alcohol from a newly created outside bar, between 9am and 11pm, as it prepares to welcome customers back.

Many punters support the venue, situated at the junction of Bristol Road and Heeley Road, saying that pubs are “doing what they can to survive in these trying times”.

While others think the new drinking area to the rear of the pub will “disturb local residents, including children, at unsociable hours.”

The Bristol Pear already has a licence to open from 7.30am to 1.30am and can sell alcohol from 9am to 1am – seven-days-a-week.

But this newly submitted application to Birmingham City Council, via The Stonegate Pub Company Limited, which runs the establishment, is specific to outside trading hours, over a reduced 14-hour period.

One Facebook user publicly objected to the pub’s application fearing the move would cause “major disruption”.

But others have welcomed the move, particularly since it was announced popular local pub The Soak would not be reopening.

Objecting to the plan, Phillippa Apple wrote: “The protection of children from harm: The new drinking area will disturb local residents, including children, at unsociable hours.

“This will disrupt family life and have a detrimental affect on their sleep, education and wellbeing. The tobacco smoke from the drinking area will blow into the gardens of local residents and harm.

“The prevention of public nuisance and crime and disorder: The behaviours associated with drinking will be placed squarely in a residential area and this will mean an increase in loud and disruptive customers effectively being introduced into people’s back gardens.

“The promotion of public safety: The proposed plans will limit the alleyway space for deliveries to the premises to be safely unloaded.

“Already, many large vehicles park on the double yellow lines at the junction between Bristol Road and Heeley Road. Limiting the space means a further disruption in traffic as an increase in parking illegally at a junction is inevitable.”

But many people were quick to support the endeavour.

Alex Webber posted: “Many local pubs are on the verge of closing down due to Covid restrictions and lack of business, and if they do many people will lose their livelihood.

“They’re doing what they can to survive in these trying times, how about being supportive of local businesses instead of trying to hinder them.”

Jo Clarke-Woods added: “Well maybe in these hard times they are trying to aid their business after several months closed. As the area is losing The S’oak surely we should encourage local businesses not knock them.”

The S’oak, also on Bristol Road, will not reopen after Greene King confirmed that following discussions with its landlord they would be ending its lease.

It is beginning consultation with staff affected and “will be working hard to try to find them roles wherever possible at any of our nearby pubs.”

In relation to the beer garden venture, a spokesperson for The Bristol Pear told BirminghamLive: “We are in the process of getting our pub ready to welcome customers back as soon as we can.

“Our plans include investment in our back garden, this has meant a change to our license application.

“We are not changing our trading hours, but are creating a fantastic outdoor space for our customers to enjoy.”

A Birmingham City Council spokesperson added: “The Stonegate Pub Company Limited have submitted a variation application which seeks to vary the existing Premises Licence granted to them in respect of the Bristol Pear Pub.

“The premises is already permitted to open Monday – Sunday, 7am-1.30am and sell alcohol 9am-1am. The application seeks permission to put a bar in the beer garden and sell alcohol between hours of 9am to 11pm.

“This has been sent to the responsible authorities and we will review any representations we receive as part of the licensing process.”

The Bristol Pear is looking to re-open its doors on May 17.

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