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Deco refused extended licence

Wednesday 4 September 2019

An application for extended hours at Parliament Square night club Deco has been refused by the district council's licensing sub-committee.

Deco applied to extend their licence in the basement bar at weekend and holidays until 4am, with live music extended until 3am.

The application was opposed by a number of councillors, local residents and the police.

A report to the district council's Licensing Sub-committee stated: "Police believe that the application, if granted as requested, will undermine the prevention of crime and disorder licensing objective. This concern is specifically around the request to increase the licensing hours between 22:00 and 03:00 on Friday and Saturday nights and nights leading into a Bank Holiday. The Police have stated that evidence shows that crime levels within the Hertford Town Centre night time economy go up each hour even though the number of people in the area goes down. The level increases dramatically between 22:00 and 03:00 on Friday and Saturday nights and nights leading into a Bank Holiday."

The report continues: "The police have stated that they believe that there would be an increased length of time over which violent crime can occur resulting in a rise in crime and disorder locally."

Local councillors welcomed the decision, with district councillor Bob Deering tweeting: "a good and balanced hearing at which all concerned including affected residents had their say." Town councillor Jane Sartin tweeted "Good to hear that East Herts council have responded to concerns raised by many local residents and Police, and refused application to extend Deco’s opening hours. Night time economy is important to Hertford, but it needs to be managed sensibly & respect those living in town centre."

The ground floor premises formerly also known as Deco have recently been renamed Bar Flex and was not part of the extended licence application.

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