Weston nightspot in licensing hearing

PUBLISHED: 08:00 05 November 2010




A WESTON nightspot has applied for permission to play music and serve alcohol until 4am at the weekend - despite a catalogue of problems at the venue this year.

The owners of Ammos, in Walliscote Road, have asked North Somerset Council to vary their licence to allow them to carry out the activities for two extra hours on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

The restaurant and cocktail bar also wants to play recorded music and serve alcohol until 1.30am Sunday to Thursday, instead of 11.30pm.

Avon and Somerset Police has raised concerns that the later hours could lead to increased crime and disorder in the area and residents have expressed similar worries.

The application is due to be considered by North Somerset Council’s licensing sub-committee next week and alcohol-related crime officer, PC Hayden Williams, has submitted a report saying that while out on patrol previously he has been able to hear music from Ammos while standing in Oxford Street.

He added that he met one of the owners last month to discuss some issues at the nightspot.

PC Williams said: “On inspection I saw that the rear upstairs door, which leads out of the building onto the first-floor terrace area does not have a lobby fitted in order to dampen noise.

“Once out onto the terrace it is apparent that there is no glass screen fitted and that the flimsy wood trellis will do nothing to screen residents from noise.”

As part of a condition of its licence, the bar must have one or more door supervisors on Fridays and Saturdays from 9pm. An additional one has to be on duty if more than 100 people are inside.

The business was also supposed to fit a glass screen on the terrace and an electric device to all recorded and live music equipment to limit sound levels, but this was only connected in recent months, following enforcement action.

PC Williams added that premises belonging to one of the owners in Chepstow and Bath are also the subject of numerous complaints about noise and public nuisance.

North Somerset Council has also objected to the new licence conditions, saying that it has received numerous complaints of loud music at the venue since April, resulting in enforcement action in June.

The abatement notice was breached twice in July and prosecution is currently being considered.

A hearing will be held at the Town Hall in Weston on Wednesday.

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