Disorder fears lead to rejection of bar’s bid to open later

42nd Street, South Parade, Whitley Bay.
42nd Street, South Parade, Whitley Bay.

A LATE-night bar in Whitley Bay has been refused permission to open an extra hour over the festive period.

East Parade’s 42nd Street pub had wanted to stay open until 3am on Friday and Saturday of this weekend, on Tuesday next week and on Friday and Saturday, December 30 and 31.

However, police in the town said granting the request for a temporary event notice would put pressure on them and could lead to an increase in crime and disorder.

An extension of the opening hours would have meant punters leaving 42nd Street at the same time as Deep Nightclub kicks out, increasing the amount of drinkers in and around South Parade at that time.

Sergeant Mal Wallace said: “It would not just be a strain on police resources but on partner agencies, as well as the taxi rank.

“It would put a strain on the taxi marshals who will be working and takeaways in the area.

“The police believe that if these notices are granted there would be an increase in crime and disorder.”

Barry Ladhar, representing the pub, said he was applying for the temporarily extended opening hours to make more money.

The request for three temporary event notices over five days was rejected by North Tyneside Council’s licensing sub-committee on Tuesday.