Licence review row at popular bar

Java, Clifton Square Lytham
Java, Clifton Square Lytham
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RESIDENTS and local businesses have rallied round a popular bar being hauled in for a licence review by police.

Officers claim there have been a spate of incidents over the last two years at Lytham bar Java – something its owners and locals categorically deny.

Police are calling on Fylde Council’s licensing panel to review the Clifton Square bar’s premises licence, but the council has received a flood of letters in support of Java ahead of the meeting.

Catherine Cartmell who owns flower shop Zime Design on nearby Market Square said: “We’ve never seen any problems there at all. It’s a nice quiet atmosphere and always very chilled and relaxed.

“The owners are really nice people and everyone is really friendly.

“It’s an asset to Lytham and when people are waiting for flowers we send them there for a coffee.”

Local residents have also written letters of support.

Bernadette Scully, who lives on Henry Street, wrote: “I know of no incidents of violence, altercations or any other crime.”

Lytham Estate Agents, Pure Mischief and Charles Stuart Menswear have also written in support.

Only neighbouring restaurant Wok’s Cooking has submitted a letter complaining about the noise from the bar, but Java owner Helen Vavoso stressed noise levels from live music events on a Thursday night – which have now finished – did not break guidelines.

The police are asking for Java, which currently serves until 1am, to have its licence shortened by one hour and claim they have breached it by letting too many people in and allowing “problematic” people to drink there.

They also state between April 2009 and October 2011 there were 22 police incidents at Java – 11 of them violent – compared to nine at nearby bars Zest and Mojitos and six at cocktail bar Henry’s.

However, Mrs Vavoso added: “It’s people from other venues causing trouble on the Square. The police said we didn’t provide CCTV but that’s not a condition on our licence.”

The meeting will take place at St Annes Town Hall on January 19 at 10am.