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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Debate over curbs on Barrow nightlife hots up

BARROW’S nightlife could be forced to close at 2am as part of a solution to reduce town centre violence.

The 2am closure is a recommendation of the Barrow Alcohol Inquiry and has been supported by police. At present, some premises stay open as late as around 4am.

Licensees, councillors and police met at Barrow Town Hall this week to discuss the findings of the inquiry. Letters summarising the meeting are being sent to all pub and club licensees, who have a month to comment before another summit is called to plot the next step.

Landlord Mike Fallon said he understood no firm proposals – including the 2am closure – would be put forward in the letter at this stage, but urged all licensees to respond.

Police Superintendent Mark Pannone said: “With crime stats demonstrating an increase in violence and disorder, there needs to be a different approach in ensuring everyone has a safe and enjoyable time while out in Barrow at night.

“The public, through the Barrow Alcohol Inquiry, have identified they want pubs and clubs to close earlier, as they used to, and my view is that by closing earlier, we would see less crime and disorder and we would have fewer victims of violence.

“The cost of policing and the cost to the health service is significant and it seems reasonable the industry helps the process in coming up with solutions to reduce the harm caused.”

The Barrow Alcohol Inquiry was published following a nine-week survey conducted with Ormsgill residents. Councillor Tony Callister, Barrow Council’s licensing chairman, said: “The council and police welcome this approach to address concerns about alcohol use in relation to the night-time economy in Barrow.”

Mr Fallon, owner of Theatre Bar in Cavendish Street, said: “We had a constructive meeting about how there’s been an increase in the cost linked to the late-night economy over the last two years, and we know that cost has got to be met from somewhere. However, they were only ideas. Nothing was finalised and all the other licensees of Barrow must have their say.

“We held our own meeting after and we’re looking into what happened in Blackpool this year, when the council licensing committee rejected a police application to stop serving alcohol between 3am and 6am, when they saw the destruction that could possibly have on premises and jobs.”

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Karl has got it spot on there,closing at 2am will have the opposite effect to which they believe. it would be back to the old days when you got crowds of drunk people out on street at the same time. if they think it will stop people getting too drunk they be wrong once again as it will just only promote people to drink more at a faster pace increasing the amount of people needing their stomachs pumped. lastly it will just cause more pubs and clubs to close increasing the amount of younger people with no jobs. short sighted propositions again

Posted by David on 21 March 2014 at 15:17

Karl has got it spot on there,closing at 2am will have the opposite effect to which they believe. it would be back to the old days when you got crowds of drunk people out on street at the same time. if they think it will stop people getting too drunk they be wrong once again as it will just only promote people to drink more at a faster pace increasing the amount of people needing their stomachs pumped. lastly it will just cause more pubs and clubs to close increasing the amount of younger people with no jobs. short sighted propositions again

Posted by David on 21 March 2014 at 15:16

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