Today I shall be at the meeting deciding the result of the planning application for Wetherspoon's use of the Corn Exchange as a giant pub. I shall be speaking as ward councillor and proposing closing times of 11pm in the week and midnight at weekends - both including drinking up time.
Watch this space this afternoon for the result...
Update 13.00 hrs:
I am delighted to report that although the application was approved (as I had expected), my proposal to restrict the hours to 11pm Sun-Thu and midnight Fridays/Saturdays (as in my letter to the BFP 18th March) was accepted. These closures include any 'drinking up time'.
Even though the company can appeal against these restrictions or just put in a simple planning application to amend them, this decision today has put a marker down on behalf of people living in the town centre (and others) who do not want their small hours of sleep disturbed. Maybe the tide is at last turning....?