FEARS have been raised that a proposed new pub in Bridge Street would increase anti-social behaviour and drunken violence in the town centre.

Plans for the Bridge Street Tavern next to Yates's were submitted by Amber Taverns in October. The company had hoped to renovate the property, add a roof terrace and outside seating with a canopy.

But residents, police and a councillor have objected to the plans because of the problems associated with drinking already plaguing the area.

Vito Mazzotta, who has lived in Swindon for 35 years, told the Adver: “I’m amazed that the council is considering an additional venue next to Yates's, which will mean people consuming a lot more alcohol. There’s shouting and swearing even in the day time, consuming alcohol and getting drunk.

“It’s absolutely unacceptable. This is an issue affecting lots of people in the town. People are already finding it difficult to walk through this area because of some of these businesses. I own several properties in the town centre and I’m very aware of the bad decisions over the years, the council has destroyed the town.”

The concerns about excessive drinking were shared by Wiltshire Police. The force highlighted the fact the area near the building has already 125 calls to police this year.

Crime prevention design assessor Amanda Clarke wrote: “These calls include assaults, theft, criminal damage, drunk and disorderly and anti-social behaviour. I would suggest that another drinking establishment will undoubtedly increase these type of calls and require an increased police presence in the area.”

Central Swindon ward councillor Bob Wright objected on similar grounds and stressed the need to maintain a mixture of premises in the area.

The bid will go before planners in the coming weeks.