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Pub company JD Wetherspoon's loses appeal for longer opening hours

12 April 2006
Pub company JD Wetherspoon's loses appeal for longer opening hours

JD Wetherspoon's has lost an appeal to extend its opening hours at a Lloyds No 1 pub in Guildford, Surrey.

Under last November's new licensing laws, the 655-strong pub group failed to get a three-hour extension every night of the week at the Bridge Street site in the town centre.

But, in what is seen as a test case for the industry, Guildford Council turned down its appeal after police raised fears that the area was already "demanding" and "acted as a magnet for drunk people".

Wetherspoon's argued that the council was enforcing the old 11pm cut-off by the back-door by only granting extensions in Bridge Street under exceptional circumstances.

A spokesman for the group played down suggestions that the case may set a precedent.

"The problem is specific to Guildford and won't stop us applying for extensions in the future. We already have them in place at 95% of our pubs," he said.

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