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Panel rejects Padua’s bid for 4am alcohol licence

A Workington pub has been told it cannot serve alcohol until 4am over the August bank holiday because police fear an increase in crime and disorder.

Padua’s, on Washington Street, applied to Allerdale council to extend its opening hours from 3am to 4.30am on August 23, August 24 and August 25.

But police urged the council’s licensing panel to refuse the application.

Police claimed that Padua’s had the highest rate of alcohol-related disorder in West Cumbria. They said there had been 17 incidents relating to Padua’s since May.

Sergeant Alison Robinson said: “We feel that by allowing people to continue drinking when measures are not in place would cause more disorder.”

The panel heard on Wednesday that the nightspot had been granted extended hours over the Easter bank holiday. The pub had to employ an additional doorman and two street marshals and erect a temporary barrier to protect customers from taxis pulling up outside.

Police recommended that those measures became permanent but Padua’s did not implement them.

Police also said they had logged an incident of under-age drinking last month.

Chris Pool, a spokesman for Padua’s, said two teenagers had sneaked past door staff but were not served alcohol. They were then caught on CCTV downing drinks left on tables.

Councillor Peter Bales said: “The two staff that you have on the door were clearly not enough to deal with the amount of people coming in and out.”

Coun Hilary Harrington was concerned that the under-age drinking only came to light because of a police inspection.

Mr Pool said he had undertaken a full review and that staff were told to be more vigilant in future.

He did not introduce the barriers permanently because he did not have highways authority permission.

He claimed the pub was the safest premises in Workington because drinks were served in polycarbonate glasses and bottles. Staff worked closely with police, used high-quality CCTV and extra door staff were drafted in during bank holidays.

The panel’s decision came despite the fact that Allerdale council’s environmental health department withdrew its original objection to the temporary event notice.

It said the licensee had been working to address concerns over noise and nuisance.

Have your say

A business which causes so much trouble and problems, despite warnings and intervention, is not taking its responsibilities seriousley. Why should we spend our taxes helping these people make money at our expense.

Posted by chuck on 16 August 2013 at 21:05

ex pat, what you are saying is that ALL shops and store should be open 24hrs, get real.
I personally am in favour of banning drinking all together but seeing as it is impossible to do that then why not contol opening times?

Posted by Andy on 16 August 2013 at 21:04

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