Bar’s future secure

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COUNCILLORS have confirmed that the future of a popular nightspot is secure after bar owners agreed to a series of new conditions.

Cleveland Police had called for a review of the premises licence at Rockies, in Church Street, Hartlepool, after a number of incidents of crime and disorder plus concerns over a “lack of co-operation” from the licence holder in recent months.

The venue, which is in the heart of Hartlepool’s nightlife, was facing an uncertain future and could have had its premises licence revoked by councillors.

But bosses agreed to a 2am closing time, rather than 3am before a meeting of Hartlepool Borough Council’s licensing act sub-committee, as reported by the Mail.

Other conditions including using a CCTV system and introducing a Challenge 21 policy had also been agreed.

Councillors agreed that it was not necessary to take any further action after hearing that the police were satisfied with the new conditions.

Rockies’ current licence allows them to sell alcohol and play live and recorded music between 10am and 11.30pm, Monday to Wednesday, and between 10am and 2am, Thursday to Sunday.

Conservative councillor George Morris, chair of the licensing act sub-committee, said: “Following the application for review the licence holder has formally amended the licence by reducing the trading hours from 3am to 2am and by adding further conditions to the licence including the use of a CCTV system, the employment of door supervisors and the introduction of a Challenge 21 system to prevent the sale of alcohol to children.”

Coun Morris added that in the circumstances, the licensing authority did “not consider it necessary” to take any further action.