EDGE Hill Students’ Union’s plans to open until 3am on a weekend are going before council next week.
The student union originally submitted an application for bars to be open 24/7.
After public outrage at the plans from councillors and residents, the students’ union quickly backtracked and submitted amendments to the original application.
The amendments state that alcohol will be sold from 10am to 2am from Sunday-Thursday and 10am to 3am, Friday-Saturday.
However, the union will be open until 3am Sunday-Thursday and 4am Friday-Saturday, meaning students could continue socialising in the union even after alcohol has stopped being served.
The council has received 15 representations from various members of the community who are concerned by the application.
Derby Ward councillor Adrian Owens has been very outspoken on the issue of late night drinking within Ormskirk and has made a comprehensive objection to the licensing application.
His complaint says: “The application to sell alcohol to 3am on Fridays and Saturdays gives me concerns as this would make the premises a magnet as it would have the longest alcohol sales in the town.
“Any relaxation in the hours and conditions pertaining until July 2013 will likely increase the already unacceptable levels of nuisance, crime and disorder in the vicinity of the premises and the local area.”
A nuisance log was attached to the representation made by Cllr Owens which details residents’ noise complaints over the past year, with most explicitly mentioning students.
Another representation has been made by a student themselves.
One student said: “ How am I to sleep if there are many students returning to halls at 2am or 3am.
“Will my study be affected? Can Edge Hill guarantee my safety? Students will be vulnerable.”
The licensing committee meets on September 13.
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