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REFUSED: Bar’s bid to stay open until 2am on Sundays rejected

REFUSED: Bar’s bid to stay open until 2am on Sundays rejected

The Mayfair pub in Newcastle city centre, Image: NCJ media

A city centre bar’s bid to stay open until 2am on Sundays has been rejected.

Councillors have refused to allow the Mayfair Pub & Kitchen to extend its opening hours, after complaints from city authorities.

The venue, at The Gate, had wanted to stay open for an extra two hours on Sunday nights and bosses told a Newcastle City Council hearing last week that the Mayfair had not been subject of a single complaint since it took over the former Sam Jacks site and underwent a £1m transformation.

However, the council’s licensing sub-committee has now denied that request, saying the bar’s owners had “failed to demonstrate any exceptional circumstances” or convince councillors that the proposal would not worsen problems with rowdy late-night behaviour in that part of the city centre.

Joe Smith, of owners Newgate Pubs & Bars, said the Mayfair was “a bit different and special” compared to surrounding bars and clubs and had “reassuringly expensive” drinks.

He told last week’s hearing that the pub already opened until 2am on other nights without any issues and had also done so during one-off special events on Sundays.

Yet, while acknowledging the Mayfair had represented a break with the venue’s “chequered past”, council licensing boss Jonathan Bryce objected to the scheme and aired concerns about DJ noise from Mayfair and “mismanaged external area operations”.

Northumbria Police also asked councillors to refuse the bar’s late hours request, arguing that it “has not shown how operating until 2am on a Monday morning will not have a negative impact”.

Police solicitor Hayley Hebb told the hearing that just because there have not been any complaints about the Mayfair did not make it an exceptional case and urged them to consider the impact on noise and crime caused by all of the late night activity around The Gate, not just the Mayfair itself.

Siding with the objectors’ views, the committee stated: “The Licensing Sub-Committee carefully considered the representations of the Applicant and those objecting and noted that the Responsible Authorities had no criticism of the operation of the premises under the current management. The Sub- Committee also took into account that Temporary Event Notices had been granted on several occasions, but they noted that the Responsible Authorities objected to this application because of the impact of permanent changes to the licence in an area of Special Stress.

“The Sub- Committee accepted the representations from the Police, the Licensing Authority and the Environmental Health Officer.

“The Sub-Committee found that the Council’s Cumulative Impact Policy and Special Policy 2 were both relevant to the application and that the Applicant had failed to demonstrate any exceptional circumstances and further, had failed to satisfy the Sub-Committee that the variation applied for would not add to the negative cumulative impact on one or more of the licensing objectives.”

 

Words: Daniel Holland, Local Democracy Reporter


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