Sep 19 2013 by Sophie McCoid, Ormskirk Advertiser
EDGE Hill Students’ Union has won its fight to increase its weekend licensing hours.
The West Lancashire Borough Council Licensing Committee agreed to grant the extended licence last Friday.
The union is now allowed to sell alcohol between 10am and 2am from Sunday to Thursday and from 10am to 3am on Friday and Saturday.
The last entry to the union will be at 1.30am every night of the week.
Under the licence, the windows and doors of the union have to remain closed when live music and club nights are on to reduce the impact on surrounding residents and drinks will not be allowed in the smoking areas of the union.
It’s hoped these conditions will minimise the noise caused by students while at the venue and when they travel to and from the students’ union.
Residents living near the campus were worried that extending the licensing hours of the union would increase the nuisance levels caused by students.
There were 15 representations made against the application from residents and Derby Ward councillor Adrian Owens.
The committee heard from the licensee Ian Blease and the chief executive of the union, Paul Malone, as they laid out their case.
Their solicitor, Tim Shield, argued: “The union wishes to attract the students on campus and make the union a desirable place for a night out.
“If the licence is granted, there is an increased probability that students will stay at our venue for the entire evening and will not migrate to the town.
“The union plans to do everything possible to ensure that its patrons do not go on to cause nuisance.
“However, people have a personal responsibility for their actions. The many students that are well-behaved should not be punished for the actions of the minority.”
They also assured the committee that the SSHH campaign would continue this year after it proved effective last year.
The union will also be able to sell late-night refreshment until 3am on a weekend.
Cllr Owens said: “Thanks to the licensing sub-committee, the potential for additional nuisance and disturbance for local residents over and above that already occurring has been minimised.”