Published on November 19th, 2010 | by Dean Carr
Crime and disorder fears mean alcohol licence is refused (Wells)
A nightclub has been unsuccessful in extending its opening hours for five events because of fears it would cause an increase in crime and disorder.
Kudos nightclub on Priory Road, Wells applied for notices allowing it to serve alcohol for longer during five events over the Christmas period. The nightclub can already serve alcohol until 3am and had applied to extend this until 5am.
The neighbourhood policing team and licensing officer were concerned that the move would lead to an increase in crime and disorder in the area and the effect this would have on local residents. The move was opposed by police and at a hearing of Mendip District Council’s License sub-committee the application was rejected.
Speaking after the hearing, Sergeant John Muers said: “We have a good working relationship with Kudos and know it is a popular venue in Wells. The venue can already serve alcohol until 3am but we felt that extending the time people can drink would lead to an increase in crime and disorder in the area.
“Of course we want people to enjoy themselves but we cannot sit back when we believe there is likely to be an adverse impact on the community. Local residents have told us alcohol licensing is an important issue to them and it is currently a priority for us in that area. I hope this move reassures local residents that we will listen to them and carefully consider the impact of any licensing changes.”
Source : Avon & Somerset Constabulary