CITY centre residents fear an increase in noise and anti-social behaviour if a cocktail bar is allowed to stay open until 2.30am.
Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) refused to grant planning permission for the former Aquavit restaurant in Watergate Street to be turned into Kuckoo Bar.
But the applicants won an appeal and have now applied for permission to sell alcohol and for live music and dancing.
Cllr Samantha Dixon, who represents the city centre, said some Watergate Street residents were very concerned about the late night opening hours.
She believes the area already has enough bars and clubs, and said there were problems with alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour, shouting and people urinating on the Rows.
Cllr Dixon said: “Realistically, we have to accept there will be a new bar in Watergate Street but I am still trying to work hard to protect the quality of life for the residents of Watergate Street.
“I believe there are too many late night openings in the city centre and will continue to campaign against new and additional premises opening after midnight.
“Watergate Street residents deserve a good night’s sleep.”
Cllr Dixon has objected to the application but has offered to withdraw her objection should the applicants change the closing time to midnight.
So far this offer has not been accepted.
She has also raised her concerns and those of residents with Cheshire police and crime commissioner John Dwyer.
Mr Dwyer has previously said the police were wasting time and money dealing with “riff raff” and alcohol-related crime.
He also supports minimum alcohol unit pricing and wants licensing committees to be more responsible when considering applications.
“I am aware there are some places in Cheshire where police officers coming into work at 6am are still having to mop up from the night before,” he said.
“This is diverting them away from other more meaningful issues.
“Some research has shown the emergency services and health services in the North West are spending about £3 billion on supporting people who are abusing alcohol. That’s a lot of money.
“I would like to know whether the public feel it is a good way to spend that amount of money because I certainly do not.
“We have got to do something to impact on the ease with which people can buy alcohol.”
The application for Kuckoo Bar will be determined when CWaC’s licensing sub-committee meets on Tuesday.