Extension of hours refused for Boston night spot

A NIGHTCLUB in Boston has been denied permission to extend its opening hours – after a panel decided it would not promote public safety.

After Dark, on Craythorne Lane, applied to Boston Borough Council to stay open until 4.15am on Friday and Saturday and until 5.15am on Bank Holiday weekends.

But at a meeting of the authority’s licensing sub-committee police detailed several incidents which had taken place at the club after the current 3am closing time and members made the decision to refuse the application.

An application to extend opening hours and the times for the sale of alcohol at neighbouring lap dancing club Dream Girls was also refused.

PC Rachel Ward, of Lincolnshire Police, said in a representation prior to the meeting: “Police are of the view that the application to extend hours poses a risk to the licensing objectives for the promotion of public safety and the prevention of crime and disorder,

“The application comes only six months aftr the premises license was reviewed on the grounds that these objectives were being actively undermined.

“It would seem reasonable to questionwhy it is that evidence of such extreme intoxication is still emerging and how the premises proposes to manage these additional disorder and public safety issues if a permanent extension is granted.”

Police were not consulted prior to the application being submitted to the council.

At the meeting, on Monday, councillors were also asked to consider variations to a number of licensing conditions at the premises. These changes were approved.

An extra hour has also been added on to the opening times in relation to British Summertime to ensure the hours remain the same on this day.