Kettering pub withdraws plan to extend opening hours

The Earl of Dalkeith pub
The Earl of Dalkeith pub

A Kettering town centre pub has withdrawn its application to extend its opening hours after objections from the police and council.

The Earl of Dalkeith, in Dalkeith Place, had also hoped to build a new external bar to increase its capacity.

The pub, owned by JD Wetherspoon, currently has permission to open from 8am until 12.30am on Sunday to Thursday, and until 1am on Friday and Saturday.

The owners had applied to extend the opening hours until 1.30am, Sunday to Thursday, and 2am at weekends, but withdrew its application shortly after a licensing meeting began at the Kettering Council offices, in Bowling Green Road, today.

Northamptonshire Police had asked Kettering Council’s licensing committee not to grant the extension.

The force had said: “The new layout will substantially increase the capacity of the venue. There are concerns around the lack of door staff employed at weekends and with it the lack of control at the door of a busy town centre venue. There is also evidence of persons barred by the Kettering Pubwatch group using the premises on a regular basis. The premises is a member of Pubwatch.”