A Falmouth burger bar’s attempt to secure permission to stay open later and sell alcohol has received partial support from town councillors.
The Meat Counter in Arwenack Street has applied to provide late night refreshments from 11pm until 1am and to sell alcohol from noon until 1am – both on and off sales – with the premises closing at 1.30am.
However, when the application went before Falmouth’s licensing sub-committee last week, councillors were told it had been amended so the alcohol licence applied for would run until 12.30am and the restaurant/take-away would close at 1am.
Despite this, members were still concerned about the late night disruption that could be caused as a result of the licence. Councillor Rowenna Brock said: “I think everybody sighed a huge sigh of relief when the kebab shop closed. I am keen on maintaining our night time economy, but within sensible restrictions.”
Deputy mayor, John Body said: “I think midnight would be fine, but I would limit it to on-sales only, so people could have a drink with food, and would not approve off-sales. There has been a history of trouble down there (Arwenack Street).”
The committee recommended to Cornwall Council that the licence be restricted to on-sales only for the alcohol and a cut-off time of midnight.