Anger at bid to extend opening hours at the Black Horse at Castle Rising

The Black Horse, at Castle Rising. Picture: John Hocknell

The Black Horse, at Castle Rising. Picture: John Hocknell - Credit: Eastern Daily Press, Archant

Villagers are objecting to a pub's application to stay open later.

Enterprise Inns which runs the Black Horse Inn at Castle Rising, near King's Lynn, has applied to extend its open hours until midnight.

The pub, on the main Lynn Road through the village, is currently permitted to serve alcohol until 11pm.

But West Norfolk council has received 12 'representations' from people living near the pub.

One states: 'We wish to object to EI's license application, specifically to the possibility of late night drinking which is likely to result in my wife (aged 86) and myself (91) being disturbed.

'In the past 30 years there have been times when clients of the Black Horse have disturbed us late at night and we are now considerably older.'

Another adds: 'I have grave concerns as to the potential disruption to the residents' well being and enjoyment of living in this fine village.

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'The Black Horse is situated in the centre of the village in very close proximity to the elderly residents of Trinity Almshouses.

'The disruption of late night drinking until midnight together with motor vehicles leaving late at night or early in the morning will disturb and unnerve local residents.'

The Almshouses said late night drinking was 'inappropriate' for the village and would cause 'distress' to residents.

'In addition to this there are a number of elderly residents living close by the Black Horse, which makes it inappropriate to have longer opening hours and music.' Enterprise Inns has withdrawn an application made alongside its bid for longer opening hours for live music until midnight after objections from villagers.

Its agent Richard Taylor said in an e-mail to the council it was only seeking to 'replicate' the terms of a license which had lapsed.

'My client is anxious to provide a premises that is a benefit to the local community rather than a burden upon it and hopes that by listening to the concerns of the community and amending the application this will go some way to demonstrating its good intentions for these premises.'

Councillors on West Norfolk' licensing committee meet at King's Lynn Town Hall to discuss the application on Tuesday, February 27 (10am).

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