Shops arcade given licence to thrill

A PERMANENT events licence has been issued to Morpeth’s Sanderson Arcade.

The application, which was submitted by Morpeth II, enables the centre to stage a variety of entertainment without the need to apply for permission for each event individually.

The licence will allow activities such as plays, sports, fashion shows, live music and dance to take place between 8am and 10pm.

Regular events, including the Christmas lights switch-on, will also be covered, as well as children’s activities and charity initiatives.

Morpeth Town Council was concerned about the potential for noise, but members also praised the application for helping to create a more vibrant town centre.

The applicant said that noise levels would be controlled and risk assessments and safety plans would be carried out for each activity.

The licence was granted by Northumberland County Council.

Morpeth II spokeswoman Amanda Holmes said: “We aren’t looking to do anything over and above what we would normally do. This is just a more efficient way of having a licence for entertainment.

“We would not do anything that conflicts with the arcade. Anything we do will be very much in keeping with the family-centred environment we have there.”