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Police raise concerns as Bilston pub asks for temporary late licence

By Joe Sweeney | Bilston | News | Published:

Police have raised concerns of anti-social behaviour after a Bilston pub applied for a temproary event notice to hold a second year anniversary party.

Chill Spot, in Bilston. Photo: Google Maps

Chill Spot, in Lichfield Street, has applied to Wolverhampton Council's licensing to open for a 'customer appreciation event' on December 14, between midnight and 4.30am.

But both West Midlands Police and Environmental Health have been consulted over the application – with police objecting on the grounds that it would undermine the licensing objective of prevention of crime and disorder.

In a letter to the council's statutory licensing sub-committee, WPC Michelle Churm said: "There have been a number of incidents at Chill Spot, which are currently being investigated by the BeatTeam covering the area.

“Due to this current investigation into anti-social behaviour, West Midlands Police believe that the above licensing objective is not being adhered to.”

Environmental bosses also raised the point that there would be the potential for disturbance caused by patrons inside the venue – which advertises itself as a retro pub – and also the risk of litter and waste being left by people leaving.

Chill Spot’s designated premises supervisor, Anthony Tomlinson, made the new application after a previous licensing request to hold the event on November 30 was objected to by police and he was served with a counter notice.

The temporary event notice has been applied for in order to allow the sale of alcohol on the premises, the provision of late night refreshments and regulated entertainment, between the times specified.

Mr Tomlinson, who has never previously given a temporary event notice for the same venue, said in his application that it would be for a maximum of 100 people.

Wolverhampton Council’s statutory licensing sub-committee will discuss the application at their meeting on Tuesday.

Joe Sweeney

By Joe Sweeney
@JoeSweeneyLDR

Local Democracy Reporter covering Wolverhampton.

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