POLICE and residents are fighting plans for a family pub to stay open until after midnight.
The Eight Farmers in Parkers Road, Coppenhall, joins the growing ranks of pubs seeking to cash in on the new 24-hour licensing laws coming into force in November.
It wants to extend the hours alcohol is served to midnight from Sunday to Thursday, with the premises closing at 12.30am. And on Friday and Saturday it wants to call time at 1am and give customers 30 minutes to drink up.
At present it opens to 11pm but has special permission to open until midnight on 20 occasions a year. It also holds a Children's Certificate allowing youngsters in parts of the premises to 9pm.
A number of families have objected in writing to this Monday's Licensing Committee meeting claiming longer opening hours will lead to more problems with noise from the beer garden and car park.
Protests have come from neighbours in Parkers Road, Harris Close, Mablins Lane and Parkstone Drive.
Blair Grant, of Harris Close, said: 'Residents already have to put up with boy racers screeching round the car park, a noisy beer garden and drunks shouting.
'To add a couple of hours to the general hubbub, plus music being played outside, is totally unfair.'
Neighbour Michelle Hocknell said: 'The sign outside the pub says 'Relax In Our Beer Garden'. What about the right to relax in our own private gardens? The music is so loud our children can't get to sleep.'
Police licensing officer Karen Makinson said: 'By entering into such an arrangement the objectives of preventing public nuisance, crime and disorder and harm to children are potentially undermined.'
Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries, which owns the pub, said it is one of many applications but declined to comment further.