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More work needed on Time Square licences
1:00pm Friday 13th September 2013 in News
COUNCIL leader Terry O’Neill says more work needs to be done before final decisions are made on how the new Time Square development will look.
As reported in last week’s Guardian, council bosses are considering restrictions on the type of units which can open in the new development in the town centre.
But he says council still needs to think carefully before final decisions are made.
It comes while councillors are debated cutting licences on pubs in and around Bridge Street to 2am.
Clr O’Neill said: “There are serious concerns around disorder in the town late at night, and dealing with this is part of our overall plans for the development and regeneration of the town.
“The 2am licence is one possibility that’s under consideration.
“We would like to help bring about wider use for the town centre by a greater mix of people, and again, one of the factors we have to consider at an early stage is licensing.
“If you were going to put restrictions in place, it would be best to do it before establishments are built and licences granted.
“But before we make any final decisions we need to listen to all the arguments and evidence and take everything into account in a coordinated way.
“If the council decided to go down this route, it would mean that any licences at the new Time Square development would be for restaurants where food was the prime offering, and a drink would be ordered alongside food.
“In those circumstances we wouldn’t be granting licences just for pubs. But the council has yet to make the decision to go that way, and councillors will naturally want to take all the evidence into account and think very carefully before they make their decision.”
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