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Popular Cumbrian café wins fight for longer opening hours

A Lake District café boss who launched an 18-month battle for later opening hours is celebrating after planning chiefs finally agreed to his requests.

Keswick Filling Station cafe owner photo
Kieron Graham in the café

The Filling Station Cafe on Keswick’s Crosthwaite Road will now be able to remain open from 8am until 11pm, seven days a week.

Owner Kieron Graham claimed his business lost custom because he was forced to close at 6pm under initial rules.

He has been campaigning to extend his opening times since February 2013, hoping to persuade planners that he should be allowed to remain open into the evening.

The later hours application attracted objections from nearby residents and the Pheasant Inn opposite.

However, the Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA) committee has now approved the later opening hours.

The decision has been met with cheer from supporters of the bid.

Using social networking site Twitter, Jeff Caroll posted: “Dunkirk spirit shown! Always seemed a bit daft to not allow evening opening anyway! Well done!”

While Mike Roughley tweeted: “Fantastic! Well done to you all for holding in there and seeing it through.”

Mr Graham’s first application, was turned down last June. He lodged an appeal in December with the Planning Inspectorate. This too was refused as the inspector felt that using outside seating until 11pm would have an adverse impact on local residents.

However, Mr Graham submitted a further application to the LDNPA, changing the hours in which outside seating would be used.

Under the decision, the outside seating is not to be used after 6pm, except on Saturdays where it can be used until 9pm.

The authority has also added the condition that Mr Graham comes up with a plan to ensure that customers will enter and leave the cafe in a ‘neighbourly’ fashion.

Dave McGowan, head of development management for the LDNPA, said: “It will require the owner to submit a plan to show how they will manage coming and going of patrons in a neighbourly way.

“It might include things like not leaving engines running and being considerate late in the evening.”

Mr McGowan added that the new opening hours can come into effect once the conditions have been satisfied.

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Keswick Resident you said it your self you have lived here a couple of years! well Go back to where you belong.... Problem solved. cheers

Posted by daz on 14 August 2014 at 10:51

I can understand local Keswick residents not wanting Hell Angel types spoiling their idyllic lifestyle. However from what I have been told this Cafe caters for familys & is of high quality.

Posted by amerindo on 13 August 2014 at 11:49

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