Bar to stay open but ex-licensee is banned from entering venue

Bar to stay open but ex-licensee is banned from entering venue

by Tom Martin (January 2022)

A BAR in Crosby which had its licence reviewed will be allowed to stay open  despite “serious concerns” raised by police about the venue.

Gambino’s, on Coronation Road, had its licence reviewed by Sefton Council at a Licensing Sub-Committee meeting on Tuesday, January 11.

The review was called for by Merseyside Police after a late night incident on the weekend of October 29/30 last year when officers were called to the bar to reports of a fight and a man was found to be in possession of a knuckle duster.

The council decided that the bar can continue to operate after they were told that a new licence holder has been appointed for the premises.

Gambino’s will have to meet a number of conditions, one of which is that the new licence holder must meet with local residents and businesses on a quarterly basis and keep a record of any concerns raised.

Another condition is that the former licence holder, Gary Shields, is banned from entering the venue.

A report by the council following its decision states: “The Licensing Sub-Committee expressed serious concerns regarding the catalogue of incidents and issues relating to the premises as presented by Merseyside Police which demonstrated abject and sustained failures in the management of the premises and covered a failure to meet the licensing objectives.

“There was clear evidence of crime and disorder at the premises.

“There was repeated disregard of a number of Licensing conditions over a prolonged period of time.

“The sub-committee is of the view that the addition of the these   conditions is sufficient to address the cause of the concerns and demonstrates  an appropriate and proportionate response.

“The Sub-Committee is keen to stress that it expects the new Premises Licence Holder will comply with all Licence Conditions with immediate effect, in particular the staff training and the condition concerning CCTV which was of particular concern to the Sub-Committee.”

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