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'Green' for go as Colne cafe granted 1am opening
A CAFE bar in Colne has been given permission to open until 1am on Fridays and Saturdays - after proving it can be a good neighbour.
Earlier this year The Green Chimney was allowed to trade until midnight on Saturdays, 11pm Mondays to Fridays and 9pm on Sundays, from newly-refurbished premises at the corner of Albert Road and Lord Street.
Some reservations were expressed about the venture, not least from Colne Town Council, which objected to the proposals.
But after a successful first summer, one of the partners behind the cafe bar, Paul Perry, had asked Colne area committee for the extra hours.
Mr Perry, from Burnley, said: “As the business is evolving, we need some more flexibility on opening times. We would like to extend our opening hours - though they may well stay the same most of the time.”
Coun Joe Cooney, borough council leader and Boulsworth ward member, said: “There was some concerns when this application appeared six to eight months ago but The Green Chimney has been a relatively good neighbour.
“There were some initial hitches but we have got over that. Because the business has grown and developed it needs the extra hours and I cannot see a great amount of problems with the times set out.
“The only thing I would raise is the back yard - we said that using that was a definite no-no. I think going forward that the people should be out the front and the back should only be used an emergency exit.”
Coun David Clegg, who represents Vivary Bridge ward, said that the premises had lain empty for more than 20 years and it had now been transformed into a ‘nice, tidy little business’ and he had not been made aware of any complaints from residents.
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