Possible ban on new bars being opened

PROPOSALS are being considered which could prevent new bars and clubs opening in part of Whitley Bay.

Following an increase in drunken problems in a handful of streets in the town, officials at North Tyneside Council have drawn up plans for a cumulative impact policy.

The document means that landlords wanting to open new premises in one of seven streets will have to prove why another establishment is needed in the town.

It also allows the council to block applications for extended licences if they think the situation will be made worse.

Traders and Northumbria Police have already given their backing to the new document, which covers an area bordered by Promenade, Park Avenue, Marden Road, Station Road, Whitley Road and Percy Road.

Recent crime figures show 53 per cent of all violent crime in the area command takes place in that part of town, with 68 per cent of that by people under the influence of alcohol.

In South Parade there were 255 arrests for drunk and disorderly behaviour.

Councillors will discuss the policy at a full council meeting tonight (Thursday) and they are being recommended to approve it.

The move comes just weeks after the council approved another policy which will see the number of adult-themed establishments in the town reduced to zero next year, although they can still apply for temporary licences for various events.