Neighbours oppose cocktail bar's late-night opening bid

Gail Smith outside Mixsmiths.

Gail Smith has applied for a license for Mixsmiths, a coffee and cocktail bar planning to open on Gorleston High Street. - Credit: James Weeds

A bid to open a coffee and cocktail bar until the early hours has prompted concerns about noise.

Mixsmiths, on Gorleston High Street, has applied to open until 2am on Saturday nights - but applicant Gail Smith has said she would be prepared to close the venue earlier to alleviate any local worries.

Borough councillors Emma Flaxman-Taylor and Barbara Wright have both objected to the venue operating beyond midnight.

Mixsmiths on Gorleston High Street.

Mixsmiths will be opening soon on Gorleston High Street. - Credit: James Weeds

Ms Wright said: "I object to any opening hours beyond midnight.

"This is close to a residential area and I am concerned there could be disturbances when customers are entering and leaving the premises after midnight."

Ms Flaxman-Taylor added: "The main reason for my objection is anti-social behaviour.

"I am excited to see another business come onto the High Street but I do not agree with the closing times of the premises, especially with the surroudning properties, not just commercial, but residential and with a care home close by.

"The closing time should remain midnight like other licensed premises on the High Street as this would create a lot more activity around the High Street as I am sure larger numbers would try to get into this premises once others had closed."

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Eight neighbours are also contesting the bid, with one saying she was in favour of new business in the area, but strongly opposed Saturday's proposed closing time.

Many of the objections voiced fears of increased noise in the area during the night.

One resident said: "I am concerned there will be too much noise and, with my children having bedrooms at the front of the house, it will upset their sleep as well as disrupting our relative peace and quiet."

Another objector said: "This is a residential area where the noise will reverberate around us."

A third nearby resident added: "We are very concerned about noise levels as patrons enter and leave the building in such a residential area."

From Sunday to Thursday, the bar would open until 12am, while on Friday it would be 1am. 

Ms Smith said: "I'd be happy to get a midnight license, if it makes the local people happy.

"We're trying to enhance Gorleston, we're not trying to upset anybody."

The bid will be discussed at the council's licensing committee on Friday (July 23).