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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Licensing chiefs give Wetherspoon go ahead for new pub

Pub chain Wetherspoons has been given the all-clear to open its first bar in the Lake District.

Keswick magistrates building photo
Keswick's former police station and court

Its application to get a licence for The Chief Justice of the Common Pleas has been approved.

It is set to open on September 30 on the site of the former police station and court building in Bank Street , Keswick – despite concerns about its late opening hours.

Speaking after the Allerdale council licensing panel meeting, company area manager Jeremy Hinde said 12 jobs would be created when the pub first opens, but he anticipated that it could eventually rise to between 60 and 70.

Nearby businesses wrote to the council calling for a curb on the pub’s opening hours amid concerns that customers could be disturbed.

Bank Street guest house owners said there were already at least 17 pubs in the town and there were problems with crime and public nuisance.

Wetherspoon wants to open the pub between 7am and 12.30am Sunday to Wednesday and 7am to 1.30am Thursday to Saturday.

Deborah Hay, solicitor representing Wetherspoon and designated premises supervisor, looked to alleviate concerns.

She said: “We don’t tolerate anti-social behaviour.

“By closing time things start to quieten down. Our staff are very well trained.

“Our pubs are becoming more like restaurants than drinking establishments.

“We always try and work with our residents. It’s in our policy and something we take very seriously.”

Allerdale council’s environmental health team agreed a number of conditions with Wetherspoon, including a pub dispersal policy and a suppression devise fitted to all equipment that produces significant noise levels.

Darren Spedding, who works at Wetherspoons’ Bransty Arch in Whitehaven, will manage the new pub.

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