Cinema is facing a licence objection

The only objection to the new-look Cinema City's licence to serve alcohol has been registered - by the same man whose complaints about the noise from St Andrew's Hall sparked controversy.

The only objection to the new-look Cinema City's licence to serve alcohol has been registered - by the same man whose complaints about the noise from St Andrew's Hall sparked controversy.

The cinema has announced it will open on October 19, but bosses hoping to be allowed to serve alcohol in the courtyard are face opposition from a familiar face.

Solicitor John Hardman and his wife Caroline are concerned at potential noise and disruption it may cause in the area.

The couple, who live in Princes Street - where Mrs Hardman operates a bed and breakfast business - were backed by Norwich magistrates when they complained about the noise from St Andrew's Hall.

That led to the city council being criticised for the way it ran the hall. A noise limiter, which effectively meant the hall could not be used for amplified music events, was subsequently introduced.

Mr Hardman then objected to moves by Delaney's and Expresso Café to place tables outside their St George's Street venues. The city council then refused to allow the outside seating.

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Mrs Hardman said: “We've been closely involved with the redevelopment of Cinema City and we're really pleased it's going to be opened soon.

“We're only concerned 24-hour licensing is not appropriate in the area. We're asking the council to grant a licence more in keeping with others in the area.”

The objection will be considered at a council meeting next week.

Brenda Ferris, deputy leader of Norwich City Council, said: “I expect councillors will take into account our policy of having a vibrant city life for the benefit of our citizens.”

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