MACS bar: New date set for licensing hearing into troubled bar

Posted on - 9th July, 2015 - 4:02pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Crime, Lancashire Police, Nightlife, Preston City Centre, Preston News, What's On in Preston

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MACs bar’s fight to remain open continues on Thursday as councillors meet to decide whether it will keep its licence to serve alcohol.

On Wednesday the bar was granted a reprieve after successfully appealing a decision by Preston Magistrates to close it for three months.

Lancashire Police had applied for a closure order saying the bar and its management posed a risk to public safety after a number of incidents in the street close to the bar.

Councillors on Preston City Council’s licensing committee met on Monday to agree a chair for the hearing – likely to be Brookfield councillor John Browne.

The committee will meet on Thursday 16 July at the Town Hall from 10am to review evidence from Lancashire Police and public health officials for why they think the venue’s management should be stripped of their licence.

Andrew Macdonald, owner of the bar, took to Facebook on Wednesday evening to thank his customers for their support.

He said: “Really good news. We were successful in our appeal and the closure has been overturned.

“We have no plans to open this week but we will update after we have had our meeting with the council next week.

“Thank you so much for all your overwhelming support.”

What do you think of MACs being allowed to reopen? What did you think of the closure order? Let us know in the comments below

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