Plans to open new late night bar could go ahead despite security and noise concerns

The site of the potential new bar on Wash Lane, Bury <i>(Image: Google)</i>
The site of the potential new bar on Wash Lane, Bury (Image: Google)

Plans to open a new late night bar in Bury could be approved next week amid security and noise concerns.

A licence application to open Ravens Bar at 2a Wash Lane, at the end of a row of terraced properties, was submitted to the council in December.

The proposals are set to be discussed by the local authority's licensing hearing sub-committee on Thursday, February 2.

The potential license holder, Paul Clark, has asked the council to grant permission for the bar to serve alcohol every day of the week from noon and to play recorded music from 11pm.

The plans are for the bar to stay open until 1.30am from Monday to Thursday and Sundays, and up to 3.30am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Police have aired worries about security at the venue if there would only be one member of door staff working.

In a representation, Bury licensing officer, PC Pete Eccleston said: "The premises are situated on the outskirts of Bury town centre and the use of a single member of door staff is likely to leave the individual isolated and at risk in the event that they are required to intervene in any public order situations or make a lawful ejection from the premises.

"The premises have failed to indicate how they would increase the number of door staff in the event of its capacity exceeding 50."

PC Eccleston wants there to be a minimum of two door staff working together at one time and risk assessments to be carried out ahead of busy days such as New Year's Eve.

He has also asked for more clarity on the type of ID for proof of age the bar will accept and asked the bar to make sure customers possess acceptable documents. These include a passport, driving licence or any photographic ID bearing the holographic PASS logo.

The council said its licensing service is "aware that discussions have taken place between the applicant’s representative and Greater Manchester Police, and they have agreed elements of the representation but not all".

Meanwhile, the council's environmental health team has objected to the application due to concerns that noise from the new bar "would have a detrimental effect on the residents of these properties".

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The objection added: “The potential from noise could be from within the business, talking, music the general use of a public house serving alcohol.

"Then there is the potential from noise from customers leaving the public house and congregating outside and potentially waiting for taxis.

“One of the greatest irritations to residents trying to sleep is the sound of music escaping from licensed premises.

"Particularly at night when it is generally quieter noise will be amplified and provide more disturbance for residents."

But in his application, Mr Clark says staff will endeavour to keep public nuisance to a minimum.

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He said: "Notices will be displayed requesting customers to leave quietly and respect the neighbours.

"I understand that a person's excessive alcohol consumption may have a detrimental effect [on] residents in the immediate neighbourhood.

"As such, notices will be displayed informing customers it is illegal for my staff to sell alcohol to intoxicated people.

"Staff will be trained in refusal of the sale of alcohol to intoxicated customers."

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The applicant also outlined how he would employ CCTV and incident logs to  prevent crime and disorder at the premises.

He added "A staff member who is conservant with the operation of the CCTV system shall be present on the premises at all times when they are open to the public."