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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Bar’s late opening bid is rejected

A WHITEHAVEN bar’s bid for 3am drinking hours has been rejected.

The application from the Roc Bar, Tangier Street to extend its closing time to 3.30am at the weekends and over Christmas was turned down by Copeland’s licensing committee.

They felt that the supply of alcohol for a longer period would increase crime and disorder and public nuisance. The bar can currently supply alcohol until 2am with a 2.30am closing time.

The committee said it had considered all the evidence and representations made by the applicant’s solicitor, the police, environmental health, North-West Ambulance Service and individuals.

It was concerned about overcrowding and imposed a condition on Roc Bar’s licence that it operates a system that tracks the number of people in the premises.

The police said that although they considered Roc Bar generally well run there was concern that an extra hour would result in the premises becoming a honeypot for disorder.

The council’s own policy aimed to create a safe and friendly family environment in the town centre and the hours extension it felt would go against this.

The committee felt that disturbance would go on for longer if the bar was to open till 3am because once people were leaving along George Street, Senhouse Street, Duke Street and Tangier Street, the premises would have no control over them.

On Tuesday, another popular nightspot, Cap’n Senny’s applied for a temporary notice over Christmas to allow it to serve alcohol until 3am, with 3.30am closing on Friday/Saturday, December 20/21. This was also turned down.

During the hearing it was revealed that council officers had been monitoring noise levels in the bedrooms of the nearby Waverley Hotel.

Over at Workington’s Washington Street, dubbed the worst place in West Cumbria for alcohol-related crime and disorder, the nightclub Padua has successfully bid for a 4am opening over Christmas.

Have your say

compared to whitehaven, Workington is much busier at weekends. Thats why pubs on washington street open for longer.
unfortunately late night drinking and disorder seem to go hand in hand these days.

Posted by lisa on 14 December 2013 at 22:29

Margaret Crosby has excelled herself yet again with this piece. I cannot believe the police are capable of coming up with the phrase 'a honeypot for disorder' - brilliant! Is that anything like 'a den of iniquity'? And this all because of an extra hour? How long does it take people to get drunk enough to enjoy themselves anyway? They should be able to achieve that state well before 2 am.

Posted by David Scameron on 14 December 2013 at 09:11

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