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Monday, 28 July 2014

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Cumbrian pub must use plastic bottles and cut noise

A popular Whitehaven nightspot must serve drinks in plastic bottles and limit the volume of the music it plays, following a court hearing.

Cap’n Sennys photo
Cap’n Sennys

The management of Cap’n Senny’s has agreed that bottled drinks will only be served in plastic bottles, following concerns raised by the police relating to disorderly behaviour, and the music it plays will be limited to 95 decibels.

The restrictions were initially made by Copeland council’s licensing committee in December, but the introduction of them has been delayed pending an appeal by Senny’s, which was finally heard at West Cumbria Courthouse after months of delays.

The pub already complies with a licence requirement to use plastic glasses for serving non-bottled drinks and its management had said previously that plastic bottles were too costly, up to 30 per cent more.

In court, however, the pub’s management agreed to the plastic bottle restriction – meaning there will be no drinks served in glass containers.

Relating to the music, it was agreed in court – following discussions between the pub and the council’s environmental health department – that the sound limiter will be set to 95 decibels. This can only be altered or changed by environmental health officials.

The noise emanating from the Senhouse Street premises has been the subject of a long-running dispute between the pub and the council and emerged following complaints from neighbouring properties, including the Waverley Hotel.

The owner of Cap’n Senny’s, Peter Watson, has previously suggested that the pub – which employs around 30 people – could go out of business if the conditions were imposed upon him.

The pub initially had its licence reviewed by Copeland after the police raised concerns about violent incidents happening in and around the premises, saying that the establishment had the worst figures in west Cumbria for incidents of alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour.

But Mr Watson has maintained that Senny’s figures were higher as that’s where party-goers gather at the end of the night.

  • Police have moved to block extended bank holiday opening hours for a popular Workington nightspot which they claim has the highest rate of alcohol-fuelled disorder in west Cumbria.

Chris Pool, a spokesman for Padua’s, strongly denied the claims, describing the Washington Street venue as “the
safest premises in Workington”.

Allerdale council’s licensing panel is due to decide on Wednesday whether staff there will be allowed to serve alcohol until 4am on Friday, August 23, Saturday, August 24, and Sunday, August 25.

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