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City centre club bids for late night booze licence

Posted on - 13th December, 2011 - 9:08pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Food & Drink, News, Nightlife
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The new interior of Fishers Bar, which re-opened last week after an extensive refurbishment. Image from Facebook.

A Preston club will bid tomorrow morning to extend its drinking hours to 3am every night of the week.

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Fishers Bar on Fishergate, which used to be known as Wall Street, wants to be open until 3.30am all week and be able to serve alcohol until 3am.

Currently it is open until 12midnight on Sunday to Wednesday and then 2.30am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The club recently rebranded after a major refurb which saw the interior completely stripped and re-done.

Fishers face an objection from Lancashire Police who point out the bar is within a ‘saturation zone’ which aims to stop crime and disorder in the city centre.

A statement from Lancashire Police says: “The granting of the variation application is likely to lead to an increase of crime and disorder in an area already suffering from high incidents of crime and disorder at the premises and in an area already suffering from high incidents of crime and disorder and designated by the council as a ‘saturation zone’.”

The club also faced objections from environmental health at Preston City Council but this was withdrawn after Fishers agreed to a raft of conditions to limit noise from the venue late at night.

Councillors will meet at a council licensing sub committee on Wednesday 14th December at the Town Hall to decide whether to grant the licence. You can view all the documents for the meeting here.

What do you think? Do you think bars should be open later in the city centre? Are saturation zones limiting the city centre nightlife? Let us know your views in the comments below

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