A community centre’s bid to open later has sparked fears from neighbours it could worsen noise, parking and litter problems.

Darji Mitra Mandal Hindu Community Centre, in Oakthorpe Road, Palmers Green, has applied to extend its opening hours and sell alcohol until later in the evenings.

The centre’s owner, Darji Mitra Mandal of the UK, wants to open until midnight on weekdays and 12.30am on Fridays and Saturdays – half an hour later than the current times.

It also wants to sell alcohol and play music until 11.30pm on weekdays and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

The owner had originally applied to open until 1.30am on weekends and 12.30am on weekdays – but the plans were watered down following talks with Enfield Council.

The council received 11 objections to the original plans, with neighbours complaining they already had to put up with loud noise, parking problems and litter left on their streets following events.

One resident wrote: “On weekends the situation is unbearable with loud voices, people leaving the premises arguing or laughing and talking loudly and leaving empty bottles and rubbish outside my house, which I need to clean the next morning.”

Another said: “Residents in this area have long suffered with increased traffic, pollution, noise and congestion, and the problems keep getting worse, with very little acknowledgement or support from Enfield Council.”

Darji Mitra Mandal of the UK said it had taken action to reduce noise – including installing triple-glazed windows and soundproofed doors.

It said: “It is understandable that complaints have been raised from the local residents who fear that the extension requested may result in misuse and there will be increased noise; we can assure you that we have our control mechanism in place to deal with the issues raised.”

The organisation said it had not received any visits or complaints from the police or the council since 2007.

It added there were already “strict rules regarding the taking of food or drinks outside the hall or the premises” but it will “work harder” to ensure rubbish is not left on surrounding streets.

Council officers have proposed several conditions aimed at reducing the impact of the centre on neighbours.

These include keeping windows closed, installing a noise-limiting device and ensuring at least one warden or caretaker is on duty whenever the premises are being used.

The licensing committee will meet at 10am on Wednesday (October 2) to decide whether to give the go-ahead to the centre’s plans.