EXTENDED hours are on the menu at a South Tyneside café – despite concerns that they will disrupt life in a quiet village.
Councillors have approved an application to alter opening hours at the No 4 Bistro Café in Station Road, East Boldon.
The family-run premises can now open from 9am to 11pm daily, instead of 9am to 7pm from Sunday to Wednesday and until 9pm from Thursday to Saturday.
Ten residents and ward councillor Joan Atkinson raised concerns that the extra hours would create noise and nuisance problems, but 36 others expressed their support for the extension.
Café co-owner Keith Thompson, has welcomed the decision by South Tyneside Council’s licensing sub-committee to agree to the extra hours. He said: “We have created 11 jobs and two apprentices, and this decision enables us now to move on and compete on an even footing with neighbouring Café Bangla, which already has those licensing hours.
“The response on our Facebook page has been amazing. We have had hundreds of messages of support.
“At the meeting, an objector admitted that they had objected to a series of applications in the village over the last 10 years. They shot themselves in the foot. They just don’t want things to change in the village.”
In her letter of objection, Coun Atkinson wrote: “Those who object are concerned it will result in public nuisance, disruption to sleep for families with children and the possibility of increased risk to public safety from additional traffic.”