Town centre bar hits trouble in its later-opening bid

a BOUNCER is among the objectors to a town- centre pub extending its opening hours.

The Roxy Venue, Wharf Street, Sowerby Bridge, wants to open for an extra 30 minutes until 2.30am from Thursday to Sunday.

The application to Calderdale Council’s licensing sub-committee, which meets on Thursday, has attracted 10 letters of objection highlighting crime and disorder concerns.

Police are currently pursuing a murder investigation following the death of Richard Reynolds, 42.

He died in May after being assaulted yards from the Roxy in Wharf Street.

The bouncer, who works elsewhere in the town centre, said he was objecting on the grounds of public safety and prevention of crime.

“Since the venue opened I have found my job a lot harder, especially at the time when the Roxy is shutting as most of its customers come to my venue,” he said.

“I have to refuse most of them at the door due to them being too drunk.

“This issue is getting worse week by week.

“In my opinion the Roxy is drawing the wrong type of people that most of the licensees in Sowerby Bridge would not want in their venues.”

Police have also expressed concern and said later opening was likely to result in increased crime and disorder, and if granted further applictions would follow until the premises were open until 3.30am as originally applied for.

They have also received complaints from residents reporting fighting outside since the last application to increase opening hours four months ago.

And council departments have objected on public nuisance grounds.

Residents cited violent events in their objections.

“Clearly, we have a big enough problem already and need our licensing committee to protect the interests of innocent townsfolk in refusing this application,” said one.

The Roxy said it would work to prevent crime and disorder under the terms of its existing licence.