REVELLING along Yarm's "party street" won't spill into the early hours if local councillors get their way.

Members of the town council were united in opposing a plan for a popular eaterie to stay open until 2am. Hide, in Fairfax Court, wants to extend its opening every night, from the current 11pm.

"No way," said council chairman Liz Marsden. "We must think of the neighbours."

And Coun Gwen Porter voiced fears that such a move could "open the floodgates."

Coun Philip Addison was worried about increased nuisance, fear of crime and assaults.

Coun Bob Stephenson said an assessment done by Hide had indicated no real increase in noise. "But it would be bound to go on longer," he said.

"People living in the High Street would be affected by taxi queues, extra traffic and people walking home. Sound carries at night," said Coun Marsden.

Coun Porter said: "If this goes through it opens the floodgates for others. Everyone else would want the same treatment."

Councillors are to contact local police to see if they plan to object to the application.

Yarm's objections will be passed on to Stockton Council, which will decide on the application