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Mermaid granted midnight bar three days a week

The Mermaid Inn on St Mary's has been granted a licence extension until midnight on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The application was heard yesterday (April 9th) by a Licensing Panel consisting of Cllrs Avril Mumford, Steve Sims and Panel chairman Dan Marcus.

Applicant Punch Taverns Ltd had requested permission to serve alcohol until midnight seven nights a week.

After a three-hour hearing, the Panel decided to grant the licence extension on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with several additional conditions.

These include informing the Council's Environmental Health Officer if there is to be music in the main bar (in the event that it cannot be in the cellar bar); a staff member monitoring the area outside the pub at least every 15 minutes after 11pm rather than the current 30 minutes; zero tolerance for violence and drug taking; and a new noise management policy.

The Environmental Health team also added a condition reading: ‘The DPS or duty manager of the premises will ensure that after 23:00 hours until the premises closes to the public that noise from any regulated entertainment at the premises will be kept to such a level not to cause a public nuisance in the bedrooms of any residential dwellings.'

Cllr Marcus said afterwards: "We reviewed the evidence before us and hopefully we have come up with a decision that - while it may not be agreeable to everyone - can enable businesses to grow, the community to feel serviced and the residents to be listened to."

The cellar and main bar previously held a licence to sell alcohol until 11.30pm from Monday to Saturday and 11pm on Sunday.

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