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Nu Bar in Loughton has been granted permission to stay open until 1am on Mondays
A controversial nightspot has been granted permission to extend its opening hours, after police withdrew an objection.
Nu Bar in Loughton can now open until 1am on Monday mornings following a decision by Epping Forest District Council’s Licensing Committee.
But people living nearby claim they have to put up with excessive noise caused by customers.
Police initially said they did not have the resources required to effectively patrol the area and made a formal objection to the proposal.
But this was withdrawn before the decisive meeting earlier this month.
Cllr Sharon Weston said this meant the committee had no choice but to approve the application.
“They reluctantly had to let it go through because the police withdrew their objection,” she said.
“The noise created from the bar is horrendous but, according to planning law, everybody is responsible for their own actions once they leave the premises.
“The only action we can take now is to complain when the noise is too loud. People have been reluctant to do so in the past because of the time.”
Lisa Farr, of Connaught Avenue, spoke out against the application, saying that the bar already causes her sleepless nights.
She said: “Currently, not only can I hear the music from Nu Bar, but I am constantly woken up from people exiting Nu Bar once it has closed.
“Every weekend I am woken up from the sounds of shouting, girls screaming, fighting and aggressive behaviour, which normally spills into my road and then police sirens.”
In a joint letter of opposition, David and Philippa Gibbs, of Connaught Avenue, also expressed concern about anti-social behaviour.
The letter read: “The large numbers of people in the streets, some of whom have clearly had too much to drink, can lead to an atmosphere which is threatening and unpleasant.
“What this proposed extension means is that the disturbances will start and continue later into the night.”
The High Road bar is often featured in TV show The Only Way is Essex and tables are rented out for hundreds of pounds per night.
The Guardian has asked Essex Police why it withdrew its objection.
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