Sunday, 19 September 2021

Bar finally wins bid to extend opening hours

A HENLEY bar has been granted permission to stay open until 2.30am from Thursdays to Saturdays.

A HENLEY bar has been granted permission to stay open until 2.30am from Thursdays to Saturdays.

Magoos in Hart Street will also be able to open until 3am on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays on bank holiday weekends following approval from South Oxfordshire District Council’s licensing committee.

Owner Laurence Wilson said: “I am very happy that finally we are able to satisfy our customers’ needs.

“Henley needs to have some form of entertainment in the evening to sustain its da time business because not everyone justa wants to work and not play. We need a little bit of relaxation in the evening run responsibly and respectfully.

“I think we have done that and that is why we have sustained the business for almost 10 years and stayed as long as we have when everybody else has been and gonee.”

He applied for a similar extension in 2011 but the committee turned him down after neighbours objected.

Seven residents in neighbouring properties had written to oppose the latest application.

Kevin and Caroline Wood, who live in a flat overlooking the garden and rear of the bar, said they had suffered from “nuisance noise” from Magoos for the last eight years.

Mr Wood wrote: “My wife is so upset by the continuing noise from Magoos that from Thursday to Sunday night she cannot sleep in our bedroom and prefers instead to sleep on the floor of one of our daughter’s bedrooms.”

Charlotte Boughen, who lives in the flat next to Magoos, said her eldest son wears earplugs in bed and has occasionally slept in the study because he has been unable to get to sleep as the music is so loud.

John Louth, who also lives in Hart Street, said approval of the application would turn the premises into a nightclub.

But Mr Wilson: “We don’t want to become a nightclub, we are a family-run bar.

“We do want to work closely with our neigbhours and we will keep an eye on sound levels.”

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