A popular waterfront bar on Hull Marina has issued a desperate plea on social media urging people to back its campaign to stay open past midnight.
The Barrow Boys in Humber Dock Street, part-owned by boxer Tommy Coyle, was dealt a blow earlier this month after councillors said it would have to shut its doors by 11.30pm every night of the week due to concerns over noise.
It used to be open until 2am on weekends but Hull City Council ruled it would have to shut earlier, prompting tweets from the bar’s account in the style of the ‘Lord Kitchener Wants You’ advert, used as a recruitment young men to serve in the First World War.
Taking to Twitter, the venue says: “BARROW BOYS NEEDS YOU. Do you want Barrow Boys to CLOSE at 11.30PM on weekends??? “We certainly don’t. Help us let the council know what the people of Hull really want.”
It then provided a link to the council website where members of the public can make representations either in favour or against the proposal.
The bar wants to stay open until 1.30am on Fridays, Saturdays and bank holidays.
Benson Planning, who represented The Barrow Boys in the council chamber, has also tweeted its support for the venue.
It said: “Planning application submitted today to seek an extension of opening hours for Barrow Boys until 1.30am on Fridays, Saturdays and Bank Holidays. Hopefully get a smoother ride this time.”
Many Hull Live readers were left unhappy by the council’s plan to reduce the opening hours and they feared it could have a detrimental impact on the city’s night time economy.
One man said: “What f****** use is 11.30pm? No wonder marina struggles.
Another woman wrote: “I lived in the Old Town centre for two years and expected late-night noise. If you want peace and quiet all the time, don’t live in a town centre.”
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One woman wrote: “No wonder people don’t come to Hull for a night out! If you want peace and quiet, go live in the b***** countryside! You just can’t make this up, unbelievable.”
Another wrote: “11.30pm close? No wonder people opt to stay at home or go out in other towns and cities. I think Hull is the only place that becomes a ghost town after the shops close.
“Most cities are bustling with life at night; not tucked up in bed with a cocoa like Cinderella.”
The bar’s short-term future was in doubt earlier this month when council officers recommended refusal for a retrospective planning application submitted by the venue.
It came after officials from the Environment Agency lodged an official objection to the application, which sought permission for the venue to run as both a bar and a restaurant, over flood risk fears.
Ultimately, the application was passed but with restrictions on the bar’s hours of operation.
One resident called Claire Knowles told councillors that late night noise from the venue had become “unbearable”.
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She said she once phoned the venue 14 times on one night between 10.30am and 2am to complain but no one answered.
Addressing the owners behind the venue, including boxer Tommy Coyle and Neil Hudgell, Councillor Shane McMurray said they needed to urgently improve its relationship with local residents over late-night noise and disturbance.
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