22nd Sep, 2019

Redditch social club has hours restricted following complaints

Correspondent 6th Aug, 2019

THE licensing hours have been reduced and additional conditions imposed at the Easemore Social Club in Redditch following complaints from residents about noise and anti social behaviour.

West Mercia Police applied to the borough council for the licence at the Easemore Social Club, in Easemore Road, to be reviewed towards the end of last year in response to complaints.

At a hearing in November the Council’s Licensing Sub-Committee decided to impose the new restrictions to deal with the concerns..

The decision, to reduce the hours during which alcohol can be sold at the premises, has now come into effect following the settling of an appeal against the decision made by the licence holder.

New hours will see alcohol being sold from 11am til 11pm Monday to Thursday instead of 10am til 11.30pm, from 10am to 11.45 pm on Friday and Saturday to 10am to 11pm and on a Sunday serving at 11am til 10pm rather than 10am til 10pm.

As well as a reduction in the hours that alcohol can be sold, there are also extra conditions in place restricting when customers can use the patio area at the front of the premises and requiring at least two members of staff to be on duty when the venue is open to the public.

Inspector Mark Chappell said: “The Police are pleased with this outcome having worked closely for over a year with Worcestershire Regulatory Services on the complaints from local residents about this premises.”

Redditch Borough Council’s portfolio holder for licensing, Councillor Julian Grubb, said: “The vast majority of licensed premises in Redditch are well run, but where problems arise at a particular venue the council will look to use its powers under licensing law to try and address them.”

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