Residents have objected to plans for a sports bar to get a new licence in Ancoats claiming it attracts a 'bad crowd' and that 'Manchester has moved on'.

Second City first opened on Blossom Street with a terrace on Cutting Room Square in the summer of 2016.

The American-themed bar has been a popular venue for punters watching football matches and other late-night sports events such as boxing, UFC, NFL and WWE.

Manchester Council has now received a licensing application from Second City for a bar and restaurant at a new address in Cotton Square.

The applicants are seeking a licence starting on 6 April to serve alcohol from 11am to 11pm Sunday to Thursday, and 11am to midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Nine objections have been received from residents.

All names have been redacted.

One says: "The Cutting Room Square development, its current businesses and residents are the pride of Manchester and show a diverse, young forward thinking example of how Manchester should want to be viewed by the rest of the UK.

"Why would you want to risk turning this into a place for drunken young football fans to gather, drink and inevitably fight? The city council needs to think bigger, surely Manchester has moved on."

Second City first opeed in Ancoats on Blossom Street in 2016

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Another raises concerns about doors and windows being shut at the premises after 11pm to reduce noise as they are 'directly below living and bedrooms of some properties at the Cotton House development.'

"Request that there is a change from 11pm to, at the very latest, 10pm in the evening," the objection says.

"Ideally this should be from 9pm.......bedrooms and living rooms are literally directly above theaccess/and egress doors of the premises and will undoubtedly be subjected to nuisance as a result."

The objection also says the bar should do more to disperse customers after closing.

The former site of Second City in Cutting Room Square

"Second City have a moral duty to not simply wipe their hands of responsibility when customers walk out their doors," it reads.

"They should, through their door staff or other means, proactively encourage dispersal from the area by asking their customers to move away."

Another objection also raised concerns about noise disturbing residents.

It added: "The previous Second City was modelled as a sports bar and, at certain times, attracted a crowd that at best could be described as unsavoury.

"Crowds from the bar often gathered outside the entrance to the bar, generating significant noise nuisance, littering and polluting the area."

The objection also raised concerns about ventilation from the premises.

Residents in the apartments above have objected to the licensing application

"I have specific concerns about nuisance caused by the cooking of food and how this could impact on local residents and their properties," it adds.

"Assurance that our soft furnishings won’t end up smelling of fried chicken or other food stuffs is required."

A further objection says: "I have major concerns about the noise levels that will come with a sports bar right underneath the apartment block.

"Second City has a notorious 'bad' crowd and there were numerous issues with the bar last year.

"I witnessed fights outside the other Second City building, the scene attracting aggressive inconsiderate people to our neighbourhood.

"It makes me feel very uncomfortable that this might potentially be right outside the entrance to my apartment block."

Another objection says: "Last year a number of fights outside of Second City’s previous location on Blossom Street were widely publicised in the MEN.

"I see no reason that moving the venue to an even larger unit on the same street will reduce this horrendous behaviour by Second City Patrons. "

Police on duty in Cutting Room Square in Ancoats last month

The Manchester Evening News attempted to contact Second City for comment but did not receive a reply.

In their application, the bar says it will take measures towards meeting the licensing objectives including; maintaining a CCTV system, employing SIA registered door staff if needed, maintaining a refusals book, incident log and public liability insurance and implementing a dispersal and smoking policy.

The applicant also promised to display signs requesting customers keep noise to a minimum, ask patrons who disregard signage and verbal instructions regarding noise to move inside and/or leave the premises and to not permit open containers of alcohol beyond the boundary of the outside area.

The licence application will be heard by Manchester Council at a meeting on Wednesday morning.