A battle is looming over a plan to open an Oliver’s Mount cafe until 1am with people living nearby claiming it will be “like a nightclub”.
The owners of the Olivers on the Mount Cafe Bar will put their case to Scarborough Council’s licensing sub-committee on Tuesday in the face of a raft of objections.
They have asked the council for permission to open until 1am, serve alcohol and play recorded music until midnight at the popular cafe.
The application has not gone down well with people living as far away as West Street writing to the authority, urging it to throw out the plans.
The applicant, Tamra Marshall, rejects all the claims and says she is only looking to continue the heritage of the historic cafe.
One person living in the road wrote: “Turning this cafe into what is effectively a nightclub is not only out of keeping with the area, it will increase the noise level in what is otherwise a very quiet area.
“There is already enough intermittent noise created at night by youths speeding round the Mount with excessively noisy vehicles.”
Another resident of Weaponness Drive wrote in their objection: “We live in a quiet residential area directly below the Oliver’s Mount cafe and we believe that the proposed extension will deprive us of our entitlement to enjoy peace and quiet during night time hours.
“It will increase traffic from the top of Oliver’s Mount down Mountside to Filey Road during night time hours that will cause noise.
“These extensions to the licence will change the nature of the venue from people enjoying drink with food to a music venue with a bar which is a fundamentally different type of business.
“The area below the cafe already resembles a rubbish dump and a late-night bar with music can only increase the rubbish problem which includes bottles thrown from the top.”
A member of the Royal British Legion has also written to the council saying that the cafe is too close to the cenotaph and would disrespect the memory of those whom the memorial honours.
Its owner Tamra Marshall said she was not opening a nightclub. She said: “We have spent a lot of money renovating the business and all we want to do is not have to kick people out at 11pm. “We’re not making it a nightclub, or a casino like I saw in one of the objections, we want to hold functions and have the option to open until 1am on occasions. “This cafe has been having functions since the 1920s and there was no objections back then so I’m not sure why people in West Street think it’s going to disturb them now. “I’ve had a few people from the area up to show them what we are doing and they left happy. Though one woman said she’d already objected so there was nothing she could do.” The decision will be made by councillors on Tuesday.