Pub is bidding to extend its opening hours

LICENSING chiefs will meet this week to discuss plans by a pub to extend its opening hours.

The GLE Bar, in Church Street, Hartlepool, is looking to extend its licence to allow it to open between 10am and 2am seven days a week.

Licensing bosses at Hartlepool Borough Council will discuss the application to vary the premises licence.

The bar, formerly the RAOB social club, is currently allowed to open between 10am and 12.30am.

Plans also include the bar being able to open until 4am on Bank Holidays.

The licence holders, who were not available for comment before the meeting, want to extend the time they can sell alcohol and food and play live and recorded music.

They also want to make structural changes to the ground floor, to include a disabled toilet and other work to the first and second floor, including installing a kitchen.

Cleveland Police have raised concerns about the application. Officers feel that extending the hours could contribute to problems with disorder in the Church Street area.

A report to the meeting said: “This premises is situated in an area which already suffers from crime and disorder and drink-related problems and, historically, longer opening hours result in more alcohol-related crime and disorder.

“If the application is granted, Cleveland Police feel that the longer opening hours will undermine the crime and disorder and public safety objectives.”

The police will withdraw their objection if the applicant agrees to a number of conditions including installing CCTV inside the premises and employing a minimum of two door supervisors from 11pm until closing time each day.

Council environmental officers raised concerns about a balcony on the first floor being used as an area for smokers.

They argued that would impact on residents in neighbouring flats and say the balcony at the back of the building should only be used as an emergency exit.

Councillors can either back the plans, approve parts of the application or totally reject it.

The licensing act sub-committee will meet on Friday at 10am at the civic centre.