A Birmingham student pub has been granted a licence to extend its opening hours - despite objections from a group of local students.
The Gosta Green in Holt Street, just outside the Aston University campus, was granted permission by Birmingham City Council's licensing committee yesterday to stay open until 1am, instead of 11pm, from Sunday to Wednesday, and until 2am from Thursday to Saturday.
The Aston Students' Guild objected to the application on the grounds of student safety, after an incident involving non-students who had been taking advantage of cheap drinks promotions last March.
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Nathan Shane, a member of the guild, said: "We are concerned for the safety of Aston University students. We try to ensure sensible drinking."
Ross White, the guild's manager, said: "The guild is aware of at least one incident, in March last year, involving a serious affray between up to eight members of the general public who assaulted Aston students in the Gosta pub.
"The members of public had been taking advantage of the pub's 'yellow card' promotional offer, which is supposed to be for students. The additional hours will make the Gosta a more attractive late- night venue for non-students, especially when 'yellow cards' appear to be freely available to anyone."
He claimed that since the pub had withdrawn door supervision it no longer offered suitable protection for the safety of Aston University students. He also said there was a road safety issue because there was no pedestrian crossing near the pub.