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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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Barrow landlord urges fellow publicans to reject plan for earlier closing

A LONG-SERVING landlord is urging fellow publicans to reject proposals for earlier closing times.

Barrow Borough Council has written to licensees seeking their comments on proposals to close at 2am Sunday to Wednesday, and 3am Thursday to Saturday.

The proposals for the 12-month trial were recommended by the Barrow Alcohol Inquiry and have been discussed by a working group of police, council officers and members, and licensees. The earlier closures, which have been backed by police, have been proposed to cut the increasing level of alcohol-fuelled town centre violence. Having spoken with peers in the club and pub trade, Mike Fallon, landlord of Theatre Bar in Cavendish Street, said people were thinking “there is no need to reply, it doesn't affect me”.

But he urged them to have their say, with his belief the proposals could be counter-productive. Mr Fallon said: “These hours are a means to cut down on alcohol-related violence. But if the nightclubs lost their 4am opening hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and everyone was forced to leave the town centre pubs and clubs at 3am or 2am, this would be a way of fuelling alcohol-related violence – not stopping it. At the moment, people leave at different intervals. Some go nightclubbing either to Manhattans or Club M. Some go to takeaways, then home. This dilutes the crowds slowly. I can’t see the point in sending everyone on to the street at the same time at 3am or 2am. It would be best staggered between 2am and 4am.

“Secondly, if these revised times were to happen, how would pubs in the surrounding area of Barrow and Dalton be affected? They normally close between 11.30pm and 12.30am. And, if the younger element of customers are in a habit of going to their local for a couple of drinks before heading up town, there is a great possibility they would give the local a miss and head straight to town.

“My advice is to reply to this letter and suggest we would rather carry on with our licences without any variations. Even if you have your own thoughts on this matter, I feel you should let council leaders know your stance on these proposed alterations.”

Superintendent Mark Pannone said: “My view is by closing earlier we would see less crime and disorder.”

Have your say

Do the landlords not mean if the clubs close earlier customers will leave my bar earlier.Just a little thought.

Posted by Ex Copper on 15 April 2014 at 08:16

I can remember very well what nightlife was like before late licensing.Everybody fell out into the streets all at the same time,this resulted in mass brawls between all the drunks.Great idea lets go back to that nonsense.Mike Fallon is correct have them going in dribs an drabs that way you would have minor inccidents.It's a no brainer.

Posted by Dave on 15 April 2014 at 08:05

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