O2 appeals against opening hour restriction

In June the council rejected plans to extend opening hours at the Academy. The planned extension was to include opening an hour earlier each day, opening for four extra hours on Sundays before bank holidays and until 6am on May Morning. The plans to extend opening hours were rejected by councillors due to concerns about crime, community safety and noise.

The O2 Academy in Cowley is appealing against Oxford City Council’s decision to deny a proposed opening 
hour extension. 
In June the council rejected plans 
to extend opening hours at the Academy. The planned extension was to 
include opening an hour earlier each 
day, opening for four extra hours on 
Sundays before bank holidays and 
until 6am on May Morning.
The plans to extend opening hours 
were rejected by councillors due to 
concerns about crime, community 
safety and noise. The plans prompted 
46 letters of objection from local residents who feared extended drinking 
hours would increase anti-social behaviour.
Residents’ complaints contributed 
to the move of Fuzzy Ducks from the 
O2 to Wahoo at the beginning of this 
term.
Planning officers originally came 
out in support of extending opening 
hours. In a report presented to councillors they wrote, “The variation 
would not significantly alter the existing operating hours of this venue 
with the Cowley Road district centre 
and, in the absence of any significant 
objection from Thames Valley Police 
and licensing officers, it would be difficult to demonstrate that it would 
have a significant impact upon 
neighbouring residential properties 
in terms of increased noise, disturbance, and antisocial behaviour.” 
At the meeting vetoing the planned 
extension of hours, Thames Valley Police made no objection to the plan. 
William Pimlott, a student at Wadham, commented, “As a resident of 
Bullingdon Road I find it outrageous 
that our local night life opportunities should be so limited by priggish 
and party-pooping residents. Already 
one is often forced to travel across 
town to inebriate oneself and enjoy 
loud music, and if these draconian 
measures are pushed any further 
Cowley will become a desert reminiscent of those most barren of places: 
Somerville and Jericho.
“My only regret with local Nightlife pursuers is their cavalier attitude 
to our vulnerable wheely bins which 
often fall prey to ‘hilarious’ pranks 
and other such misdemeanorariness, 
but I am willing to sacrifice the poor 
and unsuspecting wheely bins to the 
greater good.”
A second year Oxford Brookes student added, “Extending the opening 
hours won’t make the O2 more popular with students. Everyone already 
goes into town for the better nights 
at Junction and Wahoo.”

The plans prompted 46 letters of objection from local residents who feared extended drinking hours would increase anti-social behaviour. Residents’ complaints contributed to the move of Fuzzy Ducks from the O2 to Wahoo at the beginning of this term.

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Planning officers originally came out in support of extending opening hours. In a report presented to councillors they wrote, “The variation would not significantly alter the existing operating hours of this venue with the Cowley Road district centre and, in the absence of any significant objection from Thames Valley Police and licensing officers, it would be difficult to demonstrate that it would have a significant impact upon neighbouring residential properties in terms of increased noise, disturbance, and antisocial behaviour.” At the meeting vetoing the planned extension of hours, Thames Valley Police made no objection to the plan.

William Pimlott, a student at Wadham, commented, “As a resident of Bullingdon Road I find it outrageous that our local night life opportunities should be so limited by priggish and party-pooping residents. Already one is often forced to travel across town to inebriate oneself and enjoy loud music, and if these draconian measures are pushed any further Cowley will become a desert reminiscent of those most barren of places: Somerville and Jericho.’

“My only regret with local Nightlife pursuers is their cavalier attitude to our vulnerable wheely bins which often fall prey to ‘hilarious’ pranks and other such misdemeanorariness, but I am willing to sacrifice the poor and unsuspecting wheely bins to the greater good.”

A second year Oxford Brookes student added, “Extending the opening hours won’t make the O2 more popular with students. Everyone already goes into town for the better nights at Junction and Wahoo.”