Brentwood bar granted late night extension

A Brentwood bar has been given permission to stay open until 3am over four consecutive weekends as it looks to “explore changes to their offering” in the face of changing habits of late night bar and club-goers.

The extra temporary permission means The Vine on Brentwood High Street can open for an additional hour in the early hours of October 9, 16, 23 and 30 , all which fall on Sundays.

Essex Police had formally objected to the temporary event notice (TEN) application to ensure existing conditions attached to the bar’s permanent licence were also part of the temporary licence.

The bar, which will be licensed for up to 180 people, has indicated they may apply for a change to their permanent premises licence as they “perceive a significant change in market habits and are forced to explore changes to their offering”.

They add: “Temporary event notice is one of a series to explore options (in this case an additional trading hour) and which which may inform changes to their premises licence.”

A written statement from Essex Police said the safety of people at finishing times in Brentwood High Street is of “growing concern”.

They add: “This objection is made with a view to, as a minimum, getting the conditions listed on the premises licence applied to the TEN for the event. This would satisfy Essex Police that all of the measures that have been put in will remain in effect for any extension of the licence.”

Simon Barnes, licensing officer for Essex Police said at the licensing meeting on Friday: “There are fights there are disturbances in the High Street as a whole. The problem we have is that attributing it to an individual premises is nigh on impossible.”

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Piers Meyler

Local Democracy Reporter