Late bid sparks bar revolt

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PLANS to extend the licence of an Indian restaurant could lead to crime and disorder, a councillor has claimed.

The Lemon Tree, on Breck Road, Poulton, hopes to extend its alcohol and music licence from 12.30am to 1am on Fridays and Saturdays.

This has been met with objections from David Henderson, Wyre councillor for Breck Ward, who says public nuisance, crime, disorder and public safety would all be affected by the licence.

In a letter submitted alongside the application, he said: “Restaurants in Poulton are closed by 11.30pm.

“Therefore a licence later than midnight can only be viewed as to attract late night drinkers and not diners.

“Public nuisance, crime and disorder and public safety would all be affected by greater numbers of drinkers being attracted to an area of Poulton that in reality is already saturated.”

As part of the application, the owners also want to open the bar until 1am on a Sunday and Monday of a bank holiday weekend.

Paul Mellor, managing director of The Cube on Breck Road, has also objected to the plans.

He said: “The Lemon Tree has stated to the council they are a restaurant and not a bar.

“This could give rise to anti social behaviour and noise problems as people leave at that time.

“There are flats over some of the shops on Breck Road and residential premises in very close proximity to the Lemon Tree.”

But the owner, Abu Chowdhury, has agreed to a number of regulations, including CCTV being installed in the premises to deter anti-social behaviour.

He said: “A staff member who is conversant with the operation of CCTV will be on the premises at all times that licensable activities are taking place.

“This staff member will be able to show data or footage with the absolute minimum of delay when requested.”

The application will be determined at a planning meeting on January 3.

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