Clitheroe bar granted 3 a.m. licence

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Clitheroe town centre music bar Keystreet has been granted a 3 a.m. licence, which comes into effect immediately.

Previously, the bar’s licence allowed drinking until 1 a.m. The new criteria means drinks can be served until 2 a.m., with dancing until 2-30 a.m. and all customers to leave by 3 a.m.

While some local property and home owners raised objections to the revised hours, Clitheroe Police referred to The Licensing Act 2003, to reassure residents Key Street and all other licensed premises in Clitheroe were subject to ongoing supervision.

Licensing Officer for Clitheroe Police Sgt John Lindsey said: “The grounds on which the police are able to make representations regarding applications to vary a premises licence are strictly defined and limited by the 2003 Licensing Act. Any representations must be based on one of the four licensing objectives, which are the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, prevention of public nuisance, or protection of children from harm. Any representations must be evidenced.”

He continued: “In respect of the Key Street application, there was insufficient evidence for police to object on the grounds of crime and disorder, which is the main objective police are concerned with. However, representations were made to ensure certain conditions, such as the requirement to have two registered door staff on at certain times were annexed to the bar’s license. If there are problems in future, at these or any other licensed premises, the police can apply for a review of the premises license.”

Meanwhile, Ribble Valley Borough Councillor Susan Knox, who represents the Littlemoor ward where Keystreet is situated, has vowed to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to drunkenness and anti-social behaviour in the Lowergate area in the early hours. She said: “Lowergate is an area of town that has a school, church, social club and 65 residential properties. It is amazing to me that it is deemed acceptable for a licensed premises to be allowed to remain open until 3 a.m. on a regular basis.”

She continued: “Residents are already subject to regular disruption by drunken revellers making their way home in the early hours and have now been failed by licensing regulations which put the burden of proof on the residents themselves to stop an application being passed. I will continue to work with them and do my utmost to ensure both the police and Ribble Valley Borough Council adopt a zero-tolerance approach to drunkenness.”