Two town centre night spots are to open later at weekends, despite residents and police claims it could lead to more crime.
Toast and Loft, on Wood Street, St Annes, applied to Fylde Council to split its licence, allowing them to be recognised as separate bars in the same building.
And both premises applied for permission to open until 4am seven days a week.
But councillors on Fylde’s Licencing Panel imposed a restriction at The Loft of 2am Sundays to Wednesdays – after the venue’s proprietors had indicated before the meeting they would be happy with an earlier weekday limit – and allowed 4am to apply on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
At Toast, alcohol can be served up to 2am Sundays to Wednesdays and 3.30am Thursdays to Saturdays.
The move was approved despite claims by St Annes residents, PACT members, the town’s Chamber of Trade and police officers that extra drinking time would lead to more crime and anti-social behaviour on the streets.
But Richard Caunce, proprietor of the two venues, said: “Far from causing additional problems I am convinced the extended hours will actually alleviate any bottle necks by allowing the more gradual dispersal of guests.
“We take great pride that both Toast and The Loft are great and safe places to enjoy a night out.
“We have some major events planned to attract more trade to the area and are working closely with the community to that effect.”