POLICE chiefs have objected to plans by bosses at a town centre takeaway to extend its opening hours until 4am on a weekend.
Mario’s, in Church Street, Hartlepool, has applied to Hartlepool Borough Council for permission to vary its hours including extending its hours from a 2am close on Fridays and Saturdays to 4am.
But Cleveland Police has lodged an objection over fears the move would add to existing problems in the Church Street area caused by booze-related crime and disorder.
Hartlepool Borough Council’s licensing sub-committee was due to meet at the end of last month, but the meeting was deferred until September, at a date yet to be set.
Mario’s current premises licence authorises the provision of late night refreshment on Sundays to Wednesdays between 11pm and 1am and on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 11pm and 2am.
The application is to extend the hours so Mario’s is open for late night food between 11pm and 2am Sunday through to Thursday’s and between 11pm and 4am on Fridays and Saturdays.
A council report said: “The current application has been advertised in the prescribed manner and a representation has been received from Cleveland Police.
“The nature of the current representation made by Cleveland Police can be summarised as follows:
l The premises are situated in an area that already suffers from alcohol-related crime and disorder and drink-related problems;
l The premises suffers from incidents of alcohol related crime and disorder;
l The premises falls in the designated special policy area as specified in the council’s statement of licensing policy;
l The applicant has failed to mention in his application how he will prevent the licensing objectives being undermined.”
The licensing objectives are the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, the prevention of public nuisance, and the protection of children from harm.
When the committee does meet, members can either grant the application without amendment, grant it in part or with conditions or refuse the application.