Breakfast and a beer at new pub

THE NEW JD Wetherspoon pub in Whitby will serve alcohol from 8am if councillors approve the license being requested by the pub giant.

It will also be open from 7am every day of the week and serving refreshments into the early hours.

But the proposition has led to concern it will lead to anti-social behaviour and set a bad example to children passing the pub on their way to school while people are potentially drinking inside.

An objector to the licensing request said the hours that alcohol will be available are not in keeping with the family atmosphere Whitby is trying to promote.

He was concerned children would be subjected to verbal or physical abuse as they walked past and tourists and local people would be intimidated by large groups congregating in outside drinking areas.

There would have to be extra police on patrol to cover public nuisance issues as revellers will be getting drunk earlier and door staff wouldn’t be on duty at the pub until 10pm.

Whether the license will be granted is set to be determined by councillors at a meeting on Friday. Council officers are usually responsible for making the decision but it has been referred to Scarborough Borough Council’s licensing sub-committee because of the objection which has been lodged.

They will also have to take into account the fact that the development, replacing the former New Angel Hotel on New Quay Road, falls within the Cumulative Impact Zone.

This means it is policy to refuse new applications where there is already a concentration of licensed premises.

The pub, which will be called the New Angel is due to re-open in March next year after closing suddenly in December 2010.

It would open from 7am every day until 12.30am Monday to Wednesday, 1.30am Thursday to Saturday and Sundays until 12.30am the next day.

Alcohol will be served between 8am and midnight Monday to Wednesday, until 1am the following morning on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and until midnight on Sundays.

Late night refreshments will be served from 11pm every day until midnight Monday to Wednesday, until 1am the following morning from Thursday to Saturday and midnight on Sundays.