A COUNCIL-RUN coffee shop inside a cemetery is looking to extend the hours it can sell alcohol.
But officials at Hartlepool Borough Council say it is only to give Inspirations Coffee House the flexibility to use the venue for special “one-off” events.
They would include gardening talks and wine-tasting events, particularly during the busier summer months.
Inspirations Coffee House is based within Stranton Cemetery, off Tanfield Road, in Hartlepool.
It currently has a licence to sell booze until 6.30pm seven days a week but the application to Hartlepool Council’s licensing department is to extend that to 9pm every day of the week for these ad-hoc events.
A council spokesman said: “We are seeking to extend the liquor licence at Inspirations Coffee House from 6.30pm to 9pm.
“This is mainly to give us the flexibility to use the venue for special events such as gardening talks and wine-tasting particularly during the summer months.”
It isn’t long since bosses at the Coffee House applied for permission to open for longer for one-off ticketed events.
In December officials applied to vary existing opening hours to allow opening on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday until 9pm and on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and bank holidays until 11pm for events.
Inspirations already has an alcohol licence but needed planning permission and also licensing approval to hold ad hoc ticketed events for evenings such as whiskey tasting and pudding clubs.
That has since led to officials applying for longer hours to be able to sell alcohol.