Public say on bar licence reviews

Blue Lounge
Blue Lounge

THE SCARBOROUGH public have been invited to make their feelings known on attempts to alter the licences of two town-centre bars.

Scarborough Council’s licensing sub-committee will review the licences of both Blue Lounge in St Nicholas Street and the Hole in the Wall in Vernon Road.

The application to review the licence of Blue Lounge was made by North Yorkshire Police, while the review of the Hole in the Wall was initiated by the council’s licensing authority following police reports.

Police have said that a series of instances of crime, anti-social behaviour and bad management at Blue Lounge have resulted in them making the application.

It is also claimed that the management of the Hole in the Wall has allowed their venue to become a favourite haunt of underage drinkers.

Members of the public must write to the council by March 9 for Blue Lounge and March 11 for the Hole in the Wall to express their views.

Police say that despite meetings between themselves, licensing authorities and Blue Lounge management, they have failed to see an improvement at the venue.

They allege that profit at Blue Lounge is more of a concern for management than the welfare and safety of their customers.

They also claim to have witnessed heavy-handed tactics from door staff on January 23, “with no sense of duty or care to customers”.

Police state: “The premises have been badly managed. There are serious concerns at the number of incidents including serious assaults.”

In 2010, there were 62 instances of crime and anti-social behaviour at the venue.

As a result of serious assaults over the year, revellers suffered broken and fractured bones, lost teeth and sustained cuts which were caused by being attacked with glasses and bottles.

Police have asked that a series of conditions, including the removal of the designated premises supervisor and that drinks are only served in plastic glasses, are imposed on the venue.

In their application for the Hole in the Wall, the council say: “Reports received from North Yorkshire Police indicate that the premises are used by persons under the age of 18 years, where they are able to purchase and consume alcohol.

“The premises licence holders, one of whom is the designated premises supervisor, are not in regular attendance at the premises and the running of the premises is left to inexperienced members of staff.”

It is also alleged that licence conditions, requiring the use of a Pubwatch radio and the provision of CCTV, have not been complied with.

No specific conditions have been asked for by the council, although if it is decided that action needs to be taken a number of options, including the suspension of the licence, will be open.

Anyone who wishes to make representation can write to Licensing Services, Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, YO11 2HG.