Licence opposition

CONCERNS have been expressed about a bid by the owners of a Filey seafront restaurant and bar to stay open until 2.30am every day.

Nearby hoteliers are fiercely opposed to the licensing application, which would allow the new bistro at the 5Leys Hotel in The Beach to serve alcohol and provide entertainment until the small hours of the morning.

The majority of pubs in Filey are licensed to serve until 1am, although many do not choose to do so on a regular basis apart from weekends. The latest licence is held by the Belle Vue, which has the right to serve drinks until 2am on a Friday and Saturday.

The licensing application for the Bistro Du Vin is for a premises licence that would allow the venue to serve alcohol and provide "regulated entertainment" from 9am until 2.30am seven days a week.

Norman Wright, chairman of Filey Tourism Association and manager of the Downcliffe House Hotel, which is next door to 5Leys, said he thought it was a terrible idea.

He said: "We discussed it at our meeting this week and people were just appalled when they realised the hours they were applying for. But then I don't think a lot of people have necessarily seen the notice.

"As far as we're concerned, it's all right to stay open late occasionally if you've got a function on, but then you should apply for an occasional licence.

"Even if they say they're only going to do it occasionally, once they've got the licence, they can stick two fingers up to everyone and have loud music on every night."

Mr Wright said he was not just worried for his own guests, but for residents at nearby Ackworth House residential home.

Aileen Newbury, chairman of the Filey Community and Police Liaison Group, said: "I just don't think it's appropriate for Filey. We don't have a strong night-time economy and those of our residents and visitors who go out wouldn't want it."

But Lynn Barr, licensee of the Star Inn in Mitford Street, disagreed. She said: "I think that kind of venue would be marvellous for Filey because we lack somewhere for young people to go where they can dance. The younger element end up going to Scarborough."

Jon Welsby, one of the business partners behind the 5Leys, said most of the space in the bistro would be allocated for dining and the venue would be more akin to the White Lodge and the Downcliffe than a disco.

"We've gone for an extended drinking licence application in case someone wants to have a family wedding," he added.

The combined hotel and holiday apartment complex replaces the former Southdown Hotel and The Beach holiday flats which were both bought by a consortium of East Yorkshire-based business partners. It is currently undergoing a major revamp and will have the capacity to accommodate up to 58 people, as well as providing bar, restaurant and other facilities for the public.

Anyone wishing to comment on or oppose the application for a licence by the Bistro Du Vin has until Thursday to write to Scarborough Council's licensing department.