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Popular retro Hepworth business The Carding Shed gets longer opening hours support

The Carding Shed can hold functions until midnight on Fridays and Saturdayss after support by Kirklees Licensing

Ian Kellett of The Carding Shed

A retro business received a boost in its opening hours.

Kirklees councillors agreed The Carding Shed in Hepworth could open an hour later on Friday and Saturday nights to cater for private functions.

The Carding Shed is home to the Oil Can Cafe, a garage, clothing emporium and antique goods and a display of old cars, and its outlets employs around 40 people.

Its owners, Ian and Nicola Kellett, also use the venue for private functions from sporting dinners and brass band concerts to private birthday celebrations.

They appeared before Kirklees Licensing Panel yesterday to seek consent to open until midnight daily.

Councillors Mumtaz Hussain, David Ridgway and Mohan Sokhal backed the extended opening hours bid for Friday and Saturday nights.

Mrs Kellett said: “We just want to extend by one hour so events can run until midnight.

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“At the moment we are applying for temporary event notices, we’ve had 14 since we opened in October 2012, and the administration just makes it difficult and an extension to our normal licence will greatly help.”

Mr Kellett added: “We want to utilise the space for one-off events. The cafe is open 10am-4pm and we can use the space for local events, we’re not looking to open late night every night, we can only manage one or two days a week.”

Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney emailed his support for the licence extension and the couple also have support from some neighbours of The Carding Shed.

However, there were some objections - Ray Avery and Gwyn Gapper raised concerns about noise and speed of traffic leaving the venue and light pollution from the venue.

Mr Avery said: “I’m coming at this from the impact on the environment, I understand the need for businesses to succeed and support that, but one hour every night is one hour neighbours have to deal with the noise and light pollution.”

Dr Gapper added: “I don’t want to stop this business operating and growing, but I do want my grandson to get a good night’s sleep.

“I eat here, I enjoy going there, but there is an impact of the traffic on that road.”

Clr Ridgway asked the Kelletts if they were agreeable to the licence extension covering just Friday and Saturday nights and they signalled approval for that.

After deliberation, Licensing Panel chair Clr Hussain backed The Carding Shed’s request to open until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.

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