Berwick premises licence agreed after restrictions imposed

Agreement has been reached by objectors and the applicant over a premises licence for a new business in Berwick.

Thursday, 5th April 2018, 15:54 pm
Updated Thursday, 5th April 2018, 15:59 pm

A Northumberland County Council licensing hearing was set to take place yesterday (Wednesday) to determine whether to approve an amended premises licence for the former home of Audela restaurant on Bridge Street.

An existing licence applied to 41-47 Bridge Street for Audela, which has moved to new premises on the same street, but the applicant, Frank Mark Dixon, wanted to vary this so that it only applied to numbers 41 to 43.

However, it sparked two objections in relation to the neighbouring guest house, known as the Captain’s Quarters, at 1 and 2 Sallyport, in particular due to concerns over noise management.

Ahead of the hearing, the two parties agreed that the objections would be withdrawn if certain restrictions were imposed.

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The new business’s opening times will be 10am to 10pm, while the sale of alcohol will be permitted between midday and 10pm.

A condition will be added in relation to noise not being audible in nearby premises and a number of activities allowed under the current licence, such as live music and late-night refreshments, will be removed.

The proposal had also sparked one letter of support, from Charlie Head, who runs Gasparro’s over the road. He said: “I feel this proposed business will benefit Bridge Street and Berwick-upon-Tweed.”

Ben O'Connell, Local Democracy Reporting Service