The owners of a Birmingham pub which sparked a recordbreaking 150 objections after it applied for a late licence have withdrawn the application.
At a Birmingham City Council licensing subcommittee meeting, the Spirit Group, owners of the Sheldon Inn, said they were no longer interested in keeping the pub open longer than its usual hours.
Coun Sue Anderson (Lib Dem Sheldon) welcomed the decision but said it was unfair to have made the announcement at such a late stage.
She said: "I am disappointed it has got to this stage. We have had issues with the Sheldon Inn over some years, issues with drugs being sold and someone seen being given a gun on the car park.
"The manager has to deal with people who would rather damage snooker cues than play snooker and there was a family dispute where a gun went off in the car park."
Coun John Hemming (Lib Dem South Yardley), said there were residents who had turned up for the meeting, only to find the application had been withdrawn before it had even started. He said they should have been compensated by the Spirit Group for their loss of earnings.
"We welcome the fact that the application has been withdrawn but a number of people have given up work for the day to be here," he said.
"The Spirit Group wanted to gain maximum profit, without taking into account the impact on other people."
Sheldon residents present at the meeting were delighted by the news.
Landscape gardener Adrian Buttery, aged 39, of Parkdale Road, said: "I think it is good that they have withdrawn the application. It was late in the day and is only the first step in resolving the issue totally."
Pensioner Janet Hancox, aged 64, of Warmington Road, said: "I am relieved they have not got the licence. As it is, we do not go to bed until midnight - if it was on until 2am we would never get to sleep."
A Spirit Group spokeswoman said: "We will be working closely with customers, residents and local councillors to resolve the situation."