Live music and dance plan for new city bar

Wetherspoon: The former TSB Bank in Church Street, Preston, which is set to become The Twelve Tellers
Wetherspoon: The former TSB Bank in Church Street, Preston, which is set to become The Twelve Tellers
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Pub giant Wetherspoons has lodged a licence application for an empty bank in the city.

JD Wetherspoon was granted permission to turn the old TSB Bank in Church Street, Preston, into its latest pub at the end of last year.

Now bosses have applied for a premises licence with alcohol for the new bar, which is set to be named The Twelve Tellers.

An application was lodged with Preston Council, proposing the provision of regulated entertainment, supply of alcohol and late night refreshment, from 8am to 2am, Monday to Sunday.

It is also proposed to extend the opening times by an extra hour on days such as Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and Sundays preceding bank holiday Mondays.

Activities proposed include the exhibition of films, the performance of live and recorded music, and also dance.

Pub chiefs said they were keen to open the new city-centre pub, although it is not yet known when it may open.

Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “Our pubs in and around Preston have proven very successful and we are keen to open this new pub.

“At present we are progressing with the licence and will await a date when the licensing application can be heard.”

City representatives said they were looking forward to the pub bringing the former bank back into use.

Coun Drew Gale, who represents the Town Centre ward, said: “I welcome any investment into the city centre and we look forward to them opening. It’s bringing into use a wonderful building that’s been empty for some time now, and it is vital for the ongoing regeneration of Preston city centre.”

Plans were approved to change the use of the former bank and Grade II listed building by Preston Council’s planning committee in December.

Proposals included internal alterations, turning two first-floor boardrooms into function rooms and creating a beer garden in an existing car park.

Reports also said the original banking hall ceiling would be repaired, and a new bar, toilets and back of house areas would be provided.

The application was approved, with conditions, by nine votes to one, and bosses are awaiting a date for the licensing application to be heard.