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Pub’s bid for extended hours rejected

The Barristers pub on Towngate in Leyland where Zara Allen was glassed by two girls
The Barristers pub on Towngate in Leyland where Zara Allen was glassed by two girls
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A town centre pub has failed in its bid for extended opening hours.

The Barristers, Towngate, Leyland, had the move blocked by South Ribble Council’s licensing committee.

Under other licence conditions included in the application, the pub was allowed to reduce doormen from four to three.

However, a ban on entrance after midnight on a Friday and Saturday remains and customers are prevented from drinking at the front of the premises at any time, and encouraged to smoke in the designated area within the beer garden.

The pub’s disappointed owner Darren Miller said he could appeal, but had not decided what course of action to take next.

He said: “I could appeal. I managed to get most of the restrictions taken off.

“I’m happy with what I’ve got but still think in Leyland, the police and council don’t want anything late any more.

“I run two larger venues in Bolton and they have late licences.”

As regards Barristers, he said: “I’ve taken a problem pub over and cleaned it up.

“It’s the cleanest pub in Leyland.”

The council’s licensing committee cut the pub’s hours last year because of police fears of anti-social behaviour while it was under a previous tenant.

But objections to the hours extension application were raised by police, the council and also by environmental health officials.

They agreed there had been no issues since the licence was amended.

But they feared problems could return if the new hours were granted.