A bid to license a Herefordshire restaurant and bar until 2am will have to be approved by councillors after neighbours complained it is already a source of noise and unruly behaviour.

Baftjar Zhuzhi applied last month to allow the Wye Lounge in High Street, Ross-on-Wye, previously Tweet Bar & Kitchen, to play music and serve hot food until 2am, and drinks until 1.30am, on Friday and Saturday nights and on holidays.

Responding to the consultation on the bid, one complainant, their name redacted, said as a paramedic they needed time to rest between shifts, but “music has been blasting past 2am” from the venue on Saturday nights.

This along with the “fights and reckless behaviour” outside have left them having to consider changing accommodation, or job, they added.

Another wrote: “I have two young children who have been woken late at night with loud music, and youths outside in the street with their alcohol shouting, screaming, even fighting.

“The late night opening that we as a community are experiencing is making our lives a misery.”

This was confirmed by a third, who claimed that on the night of Saturday February 24, “Loud music could be heard from the premises throughout the night, and on closing a disturbance broke out where several customers were fighting.”

During a multi-agency enforcement visit to the venue last November, when Mr Zhuzhi was not present, a male employee was arrested for immigration offences.

It emerged form the visit that the company previously holding the late licence for the venue, trading as Leonard’s at 39, had dissolved back in April, with no move having been made since to have it transferred.

Tweet Bar was told that for this reason it could no longer serve alcohol or host any other licensable activity. But three days later it was found to still be selling alcohol, a report for next week’s licensing committee meeting says.

The bar then applied for four temporary event notices to enable it to serve alcohol and late food over consecutive weeks in February and early March, but these were refused.