Licence decision for Indigo Alley

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COUNCILLORS will next week decide whether or not to grant a licence to the owners of Indigo Alley in North Marine Road.

In a report prepared by Barry Lonsdale, a licensing officer with Scarborough Council, he said that concerns had been raised about the impact on neighbours if it was allowed to stay open until 2.30am.

He said: “North Yorkshire Police believe that if the premises were to open until 2.30am, and have licensed activities until 2am, this would greatly impact on the surrounding area.

“North Marine Road is located in the cumulative impact area and there have been a large number of antisocial and violent incidents in and around North Marine Road which they state is a residential area.”

He added that North Yorkshire Police had provided examples of incidents which had happened in the area since August 2010.

Officers have asked that the pub should close at 12.30am Sunday to Wednesday and at 1.30am Thursday to Saturday.

Mr Lonsdale said that the force had also asked that licensable activities should end 30 minutes before closing. He said: “The above conditions are suggested as North Yorkshire Police hope that adoption of the above conditions will not impact too greatly on the surrounding residential area therefore not causing too much public nuisance.

“The suggested terminal closing hours and those for the sale of alcohol are also the same as the nearby Wellington public house.”

He added that Scarborough police had also asked for a digital CCTV system to be installed and that door staff be employed when requested. He said: “A digital CCTV system shall be installed to cover the entrance and bar area. The system shall be of evidential value and images shall be stored for a minimum of 14 days.

“The system shall record within the opening times of the premises. Footage shall be provided to North Yorkshire Police on request. This condition is suggested to prevent crime and disorder and obtain evidence against any offenders.”

Monday’s decision will be taken by members of the council’s Licensing Committee and they have five options open to them:

l to reject the licence

l to grant the licence

l to grant the licence with additional conditions

l to exclude from the licence a licensable activity

l to exclude from the licence a licensable activity and include extra conditions.