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Town's smallest bar granted licence

Saturday 28 September 2019

A bar that can only hold nine people is set to open in Parliament Square after councillors approved a licence application for the former Burger Box premises.

The bistro style bar is an offshoot of the Hertford House Hotel and Quiet Man, and whilst the capacity might be limited, the operators hope to gain permission to provide outdoor seating for up to 22 people in Parliament Square.

Applicant Daniel Shipton told members of the council's Licensing Sub-Committee that the bar would serve breakfast, lunches and small plates from 8am to 10pm, although alcohol would only be served from 10:30am to 9:30pm to people buying food. Mr.Shipton also told the committee that the bar would only be open for a few months each year.

A handful of local residents expressed concerns about the new bar, highlighting the fact that this was the third licence application to be determined in Parliament Square in as many weeks. Objections were also raised by Town Councillor Jan Goodeve, who has recently called for a review of all late licences in the town, following concerns about crime related to the town's evening economy.

In granting the licence, the committee imposed a number of conditions, including use of CCTV, an incident book and an age verification policy.

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