Licence conditions agreed for town bar

THE future of a popular bar has been secured after councillors rubber stamped a series of new conditions on its licence.

Yates’s, in Victoria Road, Hartlepool, could have had its licence revoked after Cleveland Police complained about the increasing number of crime and disorder incidents at the venue in recent months.

The police had requested a review of the premises’ licence after 17 incidents in the past six months, including a bag snatch, a brawl, a woman being hit in the face with a stool and an under-age person who was alone with an alcoholic drink in front of him.

But bar owners put in place a series of measures ahead of a meeting of Hartlepool Borough Council’s licensing act sub-committee.

They include closing the back doors in Lucan Street, appointing a new premises supervisor and new working arrangements for door supervisors.

Councillors sitting on the committee said they were satisfied with the measures put in place and the council’s principal licensing officer, Ian Harrison, confirmed there would be no further action.

Yates’s licence allows the venue to sell alcohol between 9am-2am Monday to Sunday.

The popular bar can also show films, live and recorded music and provide late night refreshment until 2.30am seven days a week.

Before the new conditions were agreed, councillors could have chosen to either revoke the licence, take no action or modify the conditions on the licence.

It comes just days after the owners of Rockies, in Church Street, agreed to a raft of conditions to secure its future after police also applied for a review of their premises licence after a number of incidents of crime and disorder.

However, its future was secured after the owners agreed to a 2am closing time, rather than 3am, as well as agreeing to use a CCTV system and introduce a Challenge 21 policy.