Bar’s bid for 2am licence

Chambers, Bridge Street, Morpeth
Chambers, Bridge Street, Morpeth

A NIGHT spot’s bid to extend its opening hours has raised serious concerns among councillors.

Members of Morpeth Town Council have hit out at plans by Chambers in Bridge Street to open until 2am daily.

The bar is also seeking permission to serve alcohol and provide entertainment on Good Friday and Christmas Day, and to open for 24 hours on New Year’s Eve.

However, the council’s Planning and Transport Committee has been told it is too late to make representations as the expiry date was on January 3, even though its first opportunity to discuss the application was last Wednesday.

Coun David Clark said: “Residents have been asking what I’m going to do about this, but we are not even going to have the chance to object to it. I have been denied the opportunity to speak for these people.

“It is an application for a 2am licence. There are people who have bedrooms right above the doors to that place. I just don’t think that is on. It has a one o’clock licence currently, which is out of character for what is happening down that street now. This application is frightening the life out of the residents in Chantry Mews. It is not right at all.”

Councillors were also dismayed that parts of the application form, setting out measures to prevent crime and disorder, ensure public safety, prevent public nuisance and protect children from harm, had not been completed.

Coun David Parker said: “That is a fundamental part of the Licensing Act. It is outrageous that they are not answering these questions. The idea that they can leave gaps is just crazy. I’m sure it’s not legal.”

The committee will write to Northumberland County Council about the concerns and ask for a chance to comment after seeing the police response to the application.