Poorly managed Worthing venue stripped of licence
Released: Wednesday, 20 September 2017
A “poorly managed” bar which breached its legal conditions has had its licence revoked by Worthing Borough Council's licensing committee.
Councillors were asked to review the licence of Molotov Cocktail and Vodka Bar in Chatsworth Road, Worthing, after an application was received from Sussex Police.
Police claimed the venue was not meeting conditions which undermined key licensing objectives of preventing crime and disorder and public safety.
After hearing oral and written representatives from all sides, the decision was taken by a cross-party panel of councillors in Worthing Town Hall on Monday, 18th September 2017.
Councillor Paul High, chairman of Worthing Borough Council's Licensing Committee, said:
"This was an extremely tough decision for the committee to take. As always, we have to balance supporting the town's night-time economy with a duty to public safety.”
“After hearing representatives from all sides, we took a decision which we believed was in the best interests of the wider public.”
“Generally, we will continue to support the night-time economy, acutely aware of the wider benefits that a safe and bustling town centre brings to Worthing.”
Councillors took the decision after hearing that a series of legal conditions applied to the venue to allow it to open were not adhered to.
The decision to revoke the licence was taken after concluding that further conditions would:
“be ineffective going forward and not prevent further breaches of the law in future.”
It was decided that:
“there is poor management of the premises [and] disregard for the current conditions of the licence, which compromises both the crime and disorder and public safety licensing objectives.”
Among the conditions not adhered to include:
- ensuring CCTV equipment and body worn video is operational, as per Home Office guidelines;
- not providing CCTV / body worn video footage to police on request or reporting deficiencies;
- failing to maintain and provide an incident / refusals register;
- not providing training records to the police and local authority as required;
- Management and staff failing to adopt and implement a dispersal policy at the time to ensure patrons leave the premises safely;
- bar and door staff not being proactive or assisting patrons while on their premises to ensure safe levels of consumption of alcohol.
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