H2O hopes extended hours bid not sunk

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A Galashiels bar, previously subjected to an alcohol sales ban, has applied for a licence extension next month.

H2O wishes to close its doors at 1am rather than midnight on September 8, 9 and 10 to accommodate freshers’ week at Heriot-Watt University’s Netherdale campus.

But Bert Robertson, of Scottish Borders Council’s licensing department, has called on licensing board members to reject the application at tomorrow’s meeting.

He said: “There have been several complaints received recently from residents in surrounding properties in regards to the excessive noise coming from the premises and this would fall under preventing public nuisance as stipulated in the licensing objectives.”

Ian Tunnah, licensing standards officer at Newtown, has requested that if the extended licence is granted, adequate stewarding should be in place, the volume levels of music played on the first floor be limited and that a personal licence holder be presented throughout the extended hours.

The licensing board barred H2O, run by Luigi and Paolo Crolla, from selling alcohol for a month in 2011 due to underage drinking concerns, but it has since banned 18th birthday parties.