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Pub's plans to stay open until 4.30am blasted by council

Environment bosses have blasted a pub’s plans to open until 4.30am during the weekend before Christmas.

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Padua's

Workington’s Padua House has asked for permission to extend its opening hours by one hour over the three days.

But Allerdale council’s environmental health department hit out at the application, saying that if granted, it will cause a nuisance to people living near to the Washington Street pub.

The council’s environmental health officer said that the department had “no confidence” in allowing the extension at the problem pub.

He said that in the past there had been “unacceptable noise” blaring from the premises, adding that only last month officers had to ask management to close the back doors of the pub due to the “excessive noise”.

This isn’t the first time that the troubled pub has had its plans to extend opening hours criticised.

Just four months ago, plans to open later over the August bank holiday were thrown out after police claimed it would lead to trouble.

At the time, police said Padua House had the highest rate of alcohol-related disorder in west Cumbria, adding there had been 17 incidents relating to the pub in the past three months and officers urged the council to refuse the application.

The latest temporary event notice has been submitted to Allerdale by Robyn McDowell, who wants to extend all of the licensing activities by one hour during the weekend.

Within just 72 hours of the application being received, the council’s environment health department objected.

Deborah Fletcher, Allerdale’s land charges and licensing officer, said: “The objection notice was issued because environmental health are satisfied that allowing the premises to be used in accordance with the notice would undermine the prevention of public nuisance objective.”

When Allerdale’s licensing panel meet next Wednesday, they can choose to either allow the notice; reject it in full; or impose one or more conditions already on the licence.

Have your say

Wetherspoon's is open at 8am and it's quite commonplace to see people in there drinking from mid morning onwards. I fail to see why people still need to be drinking 16 hours later. Surely people can get enough drink down their necks in the time currently available to them without extending it further. Tony Blair's government relaxed the licensing laws in an attempt to make up "more european". The fact is we don't share the European mentality towards drinking. The police cells and A and E department are testament to that.

Posted by West Cumbrian on 11 December 2013 at 06:14

@resident - You have hit the nail on the head with business survival.
The management of Padua's are wanting to take advantage of people who do not know when to say enough is enough and go home.
To re-cover staff costs, bills etc of staying open longer they must be planning on selling a fair bit of alcohol in that last hour. Is that being a sensible landlord? I think not.

It would be far better to attract a more steady flow of people throughout the night rather than rely on people who are already drunk with no consideration for the rest of the public especially the local residents in the vicinity of the pub.

But as a an ex landlord you would already know that wouldn't you - That is if you knew good business survival techniques.

The fact you have been there on a few occasions and seen no trouble does not mean trouble does not exist there, and as they are wanting to be the last pub open then all the idiots who do not know when to end a good night will end up in the one place at the same time which you will know is a recipe for disaster, the door staff might throw them out but then where do they go? Oh yes, the trouble carries on in the streets and with this being a quieter period for police then the trouble will escalate into more serious trouble.

Therefore the solution would be for Padua's to pay for the extra policing costs this will create or attract a steadier flow of people during sensible hours.

It works for other well run pubs so if this pub is well run then the management team of Padua's will have nothing to worry about.

Posted by Bob on 9 December 2013 at 10:50

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