Restrictions relaxed at Lush bar in Bolton after licensing bosses told 'business at risk'
6:00am Saturday 12th October 2013 in News
A TOWN centre bar has had restrictions imposed by Bolton Council’s licensing committee relaxed.
Earlier this year Lush bar in Bradshawgate was ordered to restrict its hours, with the last customers allowed in at 3.30am.
Bosses were also told to install CCTV at the rear exit and alarm the fire door.
The restrictions were imposed after a reported 17 crimes had taken place at, or near, the bar since it reopened in August, 2012, following a blaze.
But now councillor have eased the hours imposed and told owners that staff will have to undertake alcohol awareness training.
Police had raised issues with the bar after an alleged rape of an 18-year-old woman outside the bar in April, and reports of excessive drunkeness.
A 15-year-old girl was also found in the bar and had not been asked for ID by staff.
Bar owner Rosolino Granata appealed against some of the restrictions, which he said he felt were “unfair”.
He added: “The review was brought due to an alleged incident of rape at the rear of the premises. It is our view that the security staff, cashier staff and bar staff acted appropriately at the time of this alleged incident.”
Mr Granata added that the committee’s decision to restrict the last entry time had “halved custom and put the business in great jeopardy” since it was enforced in May. The lastest time customers can enter the bar has been extended to 4am.
There must also be at least four properly registered door staff in place on Friday and Saturday after 2am if more than 150 customers are on the premises.
The CCTV and alarm conditions will remain in place and all new staff will be required to undertake alcohol awareness training within seven days of starting work at Lush. Speaking about the new conditions, Mr Granata said: “We feel the original decision was excessive, given that this was an isolated incident and does not reflect the normal operation of the venue.
“I am happy the police have agreed to extend the hours originally put in place. However I am disappointed we have not been able to return to our original operating hours.”
He and his staff now wanted to “move on”.
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