'Quiet' pub in battle over hours

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A licensee running what she claims is "the quietest pub you could ever find" is facing a bitter fight with residents over extending her hours.Jane...

A licensee running what she claims is "the quietest pub you could ever find" is facing a bitter fight with residents over extending her hours.

Jane Symonds (pictured)​, licensee at the Princess of Wales, in Camden, North London, fears her successful application to open until 12am on weekdays and 1am Fridays and Saturdays, will now be overturned because of a protest from her neighbours.

In bid to overturn the decision her nearest residential neighbours, a couple, are taking the case to the magistrates court.

"I'm so upset," said Ms Symonds, who has been licensee at her pub for nine years. "I feel like closing and just being done with it.

"This is the quietest pub you could ever find, we have no background music or anything."

She claimed that some neighbours had been attempting to gather evidence by taking pictures of her customers and the pub. "They won't be happy until I have no customers at all," Ms Symonds added.

The protests had attracted media interest after campaigner Joan Bakewell had spoken out against Ms Symonds' plans. However, she claimed this was a bit of opportunism on the part of the protesters and she is now not involved.

A spokesman for the local Primrose Community Association said it was not opposing the extended hours. However he added that some individual members were concerned that later opening at the pub would add to general public nuisance in the area.

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