Objections raised over location of new bar in Whitby town centre

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Police and members of the public have objected to plans to open a new bar in the heart of Whitby.

Earlier this year, Teesside businessman Paolo Arceri applied to transform the former Youth Shack building in New Quay Road into a venue for residents and visitors.

The youth club, which was home to the Youth Shack, has been vacant since January 2019 and is located above a public toilet.

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Mr Arceri, who runs Macy Brown’s cocktail bars in Middlesbrough and Guisborough was granted planning permission by Scarborough Council in September.

The Youth Shack, which could be turned into a new bar.
picture: GoogleThe Youth Shack, which could be turned into a new bar.
picture: Google
The Youth Shack, which could be turned into a new bar. picture: Google

However, North Yorkshire Police and members of the public have now objected to a premises licence application which states that the bar would be open from 10am until 1am from Monday to Sunday, with permission to sell alcohol and play music also requested.

The main issue for the bar’s owners is where it is located.

The Youth Shack sits within Whitby’s cumulative impact zone, which brings with it a presumption that applications for new licences will normally be refused if relevant objections are received.

It is up to the applicant to provide evidence that the premises will not add to the problems already generated by the concentration of licensed premises in that area.

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Scarborough Council’s licensing sub-committee will now meet next Wednesday (16th) to decide whether to grant the licence.

A report, prepared for the councillors, states that the police have concerns that there are no door staff proposed at the venue.

The police’s objection adds that “antisocial behaviour and crime and disorder is already a concern within this area”.

The public objections also reference antisocial behaviour in the area as well as the potential for an increase in noise after midnight for people living in the area and concerns for the safety of the public.

The councillors have the option to refuse the application, approve it as it is or make changes to the proposal.