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Sunderland bar get 5am alcohol licence

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Sunderland bar get 5am alcohol licence 29th June 2018

A new Sunderland City centre bar/club has been successful in its application for a 5 am late alcohol licence.


The bar/club on 24 Vine Place which was formerly known as Bavaria, is now licensed to sell alcohol between 12pm and 3am Sunday to Thursday and 12pm to 5am on Friday and Saturday, alongside providing live and recorded music.


New owner is a well-known North East DJ Chris Bungoni who said: “We are playing a part in the city’s aspirations to expand culture and improve the local entertainment and leisure industries. The new venue is going to bring more life and diversity into the city just like the current venue P’s and Q’s which has been open since July 2017.”


Northumbria Police objected to the original 6am weekend licence application over crime fears, with times reduced by the applicant on request.
Sgt Maria Ord said that due to current shift patterns, a later licence would impact the work of the Sunderland Central policing team.


Speaking at Sunderland Civic Centre, she said: “We will have that increased demand coming out at a later time and it will bring disorder, more drunken people and more vulnerable people into the city centre.”


She added that several other venues in the city centre had late alcohol licences but that 5.30am closing time almost stretched to the next working day.


Sunderland City Council’s consultation on a proposed cumulative impact policy ended on the 15th June, with the hearing being held on the 19th of June. The committee were informed at the hearing that the area in question would be adopted as a cumulative impact area but the licence was granted regardless.


The Licensing team at Mincoffs Solicitors assisted Chris Bungoni with this matter.

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