A SOUTH African restaurant has failed in a bid to extend its opening hours due to fears over noise caused by departing customers.

Jabula Restaurant and Coffee Shop in South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port wanted to increase its daily closing time by an hour-and-a half to 2am, apart from Sunday, which would allow them to sell alcohol until 1.30am.

But the borough council’s environmental protection unit was opposed to owner Annemarie Groenewald’s application because residents in the nearby apartments would be disturbed by people leaving the premises.

However, following talks between the unit and Jabula, the two parties agreed that the restaurant could open until 2am on Bank Holiday weekends and New Year’s Eve, and this change was given the go-ahead by licensing councillors on Thursday.

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