SIXTEEN residents rallied round to curtail a pub's extended opening hours.
Neighbours of The Harp Inn in Little Neston objected to its plans to open until 12.30am from Sunday to Thursday and 1.30am on Fridays and Saturdays.
They voiced their opposition to the borough council's licensing committee, which decided the pub can only open from 10am-midnight from Sunday to Thursday and from 10am-12.30am on Fridays and Saturdays. The Quayside pub can now supply alcohol on and off the premises from 10am-11.30pm from Sunday to Thursday and 10am-midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
One Little Neston resident told the committee: 'Already we suffer yobbish behaviour from customers leaving the pub, eg glasses and litter thrown into my garden, men urinating against my wall, shouting and general loutish behaviour.'
Another said: 'The Harp is next to a densely populated area and the noise emitted by live bands, discos and the increase in traffic would have a detrimental effect on a quiet rural environment.'
Neighbours say Quayside is a protected area of Special Scientific Interest, and anything that might increase noise pollution was contrary to environmental rules.
One argued that Quayside is an unadopted road looked after by the residents themselves, so it was 'unfair' the time extension would increase pub traffic on it.
They said some Harp customers park on a nearby footpath and 'often block drives'.
Others protested that The Harp was a 'local's pub' and later hours would attract people from outside the area.
In her application, licensee Ann Branton promised regular noise checks would be made during entertainment and 'appropriate action taken' on anyone causing a disturbance.