‘Red zone’ Preston bars aiming to stay open until early hours

Longer Hours: Yates's in Church Street, one of the bars looking to vary its licence
Longer Hours: Yates's in Church Street, one of the bars looking to vary its licence
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Two city-centre bars have applied to extend their opening hours.

Yates’s on Church Street wants to sell alcohol until 3am and open until 3.30am on Fridays and Saturdays.

And Popworld, also on Church Street, has asked Preston Council for permission to stay open until 4.30am from Monday to Sunday.

Community representatives have “provisionally” supported the proposals, but said they would await police advice.

Coun Drew Gale, who represents the town centre ward, said: “I think we need to be supportive of businesses, but I will be very interested to see what the police think of the matter before making a final judgement.

“My initial thoughts are to support it, our night time economy needs to be better and the offering has to be better.

“But I await the report from the police on the matter and will follow their guidance.”

The bars, both in the city’s “red zone”, will need to prove they are promoting “licensing objectives”.

They include prevention of crime and disorder, prevention of public nuisance and promotion of public safety.

Yates’s, which currently closes at 2am on Fridays and Saturdays, wants to stay open until 3.30am on those days.

The bar currently opens at 10am Monday to Saturday and at 12am on Sundays, but now wants to open from 7am to serve breakfast. The application is also to extend the hours of the sale of alcohol to 3am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Popworld, which currently opens until 3am on Friday and Saturday, has applied to extend the timings for the sale of alcohol, as well as film screenings and music, until 4am Monday to Sunday, and extend the opening hours to 4.30am Monday to Sunday.