Clubs and bars to close at 2am through January

St Helens Star: Clubs and bars to close at 2am through January Clubs and bars to close at 2am through January

BARS and clubs in St Helens will trial a 2am closure throughout January.

Following consultation between Pubwatch members and the police it was decided to introduce the trial period to encourage a vibrant night time economy while also reducing disorder.

The decision will be reviewed at the end of the month.

Merseyside Police Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Brennan, said: "This decision by the Pubwatch members is one of the first times in the country where all the pubs have got together and decided to alter their opening hours.

"It shows just how much the local pub owners care about the community, about encouraging a vibrant night-time economy whilst at the same time reducing disorder.

"This is an excellent opportunity for the  pubs in the town centre to encourage people to come out early and enjoy their evening in a fun and responsible manner. We are supportive of this decision by Pubwatch and it should bring great benefit to the local community".

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3:43pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Daveybilo says...

It's gonna cause more aggro than it's worth in my opinion - back to the days Of drunken taxi rank fighting when every bar kicked out at the same time. It'll ruin the night time economy - people will simply go elsewhere where they can stay out longer. Madness and I can't believe the pubs and clubs have agreed to it. Town centre is dead in the daytime and this is a nail in the coffin to the night time too.
It's gonna cause more aggro than it's worth in my opinion - back to the days Of drunken taxi rank fighting when every bar kicked out at the same time. It'll ruin the night time economy - people will simply go elsewhere where they can stay out longer. Madness and I can't believe the pubs and clubs have agreed to it. Town centre is dead in the daytime and this is a nail in the coffin to the night time too. Daveybilo

4:58pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Terry B says...

At last some common sense. The town has become like the wild west ever since the opening hours were relaxed. Every night I watch the blue lights passing as police, ambulances, and paramedics have to venture into the town centre to deal with yet more aggro and injuries as a result of too much ale. Here's hoping 2amm closing stays for good.
At last some common sense. The town has become like the wild west ever since the opening hours were relaxed. Every night I watch the blue lights passing as police, ambulances, and paramedics have to venture into the town centre to deal with yet more aggro and injuries as a result of too much ale. Here's hoping 2amm closing stays for good. Terry B

5:08pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Daveybilo says...

Times have changed, how does every other town and city manage to cope with it? The nightlife is condensed to 2 or 3 streets in town as it is. Wigan, Warrington, Liverpool and Mancheater will simply lap up the extra punters.

Surely it's far worse for everybody to be getting as drunk as quickly as they can and then all fighting to get home at the same time? Relaxing the licensing laws staggered this and resulting in less trouble IMO - I'd be interested in seeing statistics pre and post relaxation of them.
Times have changed, how does every other town and city manage to cope with it? The nightlife is condensed to 2 or 3 streets in town as it is. Wigan, Warrington, Liverpool and Mancheater will simply lap up the extra punters. Surely it's far worse for everybody to be getting as drunk as quickly as they can and then all fighting to get home at the same time? Relaxing the licensing laws staggered this and resulting in less trouble IMO - I'd be interested in seeing statistics pre and post relaxation of them. Daveybilo

4:08pm Thu 5 Dec 13

barrie timpson says...

Would I be right in saying that this means pubs will be open later and clubs closing sooner? I know the Duke of Cambridge normally shuts at 1 but kokos and the venue shut between 3-5 am?
I agree with the poster above who says that there will be fights galore in the taxi ranks , with everybody wanting one at the same time.
Would I be right in saying that this means pubs will be open later and clubs closing sooner? I know the Duke of Cambridge normally shuts at 1 but kokos and the venue shut between 3-5 am? I agree with the poster above who says that there will be fights galore in the taxi ranks , with everybody wanting one at the same time. barrie timpson

7:11pm Sat 7 Dec 13

MrBenggo says...

Where do people get the money from to drink all hours?
Where do people get the money from to drink all hours? MrBenggo

11:56am Sun 29 Dec 13

saintsfan says...

Daveybilo wrote:
Times have changed, how does every other town and city manage to cope with it? The nightlife is condensed to 2 or 3 streets in town as it is. Wigan, Warrington, Liverpool and Mancheater will simply lap up the extra punters.

Surely it's far worse for everybody to be getting as drunk as quickly as they can and then all fighting to get home at the same time? Relaxing the licensing laws staggered this and resulting in less trouble IMO - I'd be interested in seeing statistics pre and post relaxation of them.
Wigan, Warrington, Liverpool and Manchester (and indeed every other town in the country) have the same problems as St Helens does when it comes to trouble through drink. Haven't you ever seen any of those programmes when a camera crew follow a police or ambulance service during the drinking hours? At least if there are fights at taxi ranks then the trouble will be contained and therefore more easily manageable. I don't remember many taxi rank fights from my clubbing years and they were all done in the previous era of 2am closing.
[quote][p][bold]Daveybilo[/bold] wrote: Times have changed, how does every other town and city manage to cope with it? The nightlife is condensed to 2 or 3 streets in town as it is. Wigan, Warrington, Liverpool and Mancheater will simply lap up the extra punters. Surely it's far worse for everybody to be getting as drunk as quickly as they can and then all fighting to get home at the same time? Relaxing the licensing laws staggered this and resulting in less trouble IMO - I'd be interested in seeing statistics pre and post relaxation of them.[/p][/quote]Wigan, Warrington, Liverpool and Manchester (and indeed every other town in the country) have the same problems as St Helens does when it comes to trouble through drink. Haven't you ever seen any of those programmes when a camera crew follow a police or ambulance service during the drinking hours? At least if there are fights at taxi ranks then the trouble will be contained and therefore more easily manageable. I don't remember many taxi rank fights from my clubbing years and they were all done in the previous era of 2am closing. saintsfan

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