More customers could be allowed to sit outside a Falmouth bar into the early hours if a licensing application is successful.

Five Degrees West's current premises licence states that only ten people can use the outdoor seating after 1am.

It also says that no new customers are allowed to enter the bar, and customers cannot leave and re-enter, between 1.30am and closing time (3.30am) on certain days.

Manager Jack Williams has applied for permission to remove these two conditions.

At a meeting of Falmouth Town Council's licensing committee, Mr Williams said that "the late night trade is very different now to what it was" when the conditions were put in place.

He said that the conditions were imposed partly to stop people visiting the venue after leaving nightclubs in town.

He said: "We didn't want people stumbling out of nightclubs and coming into the late night bars. I don't think the number of people are attending the clubs that they used to."

As for the outdoor seating, he said: "If you have a pair of boys and girls shrieking that's louder than 20 people sitting around chatting having a cigarette."

Councillor Steve Eva proposed that the conditions be changed to allow customers to leave and re-enter after 1.30am but that no new customers can enter, and that up to a maximum of 20 people can use the outdoor seating after 1.00am.

The town council was divided about whether to support the proposal, with Marcella Morgan and Steve Eva in favour and David Saunby and Tony Parker against.

Councillor Morgan, as the committee's chair, used her casting vote to support the application.

Councillor Eva was vocal with his support, saying: "There's nothing stopping 30 or 40 people walking up the street going 'yap yap yap,' but you're saying to a business that you can't have 20 people sat outside." He went on to say: "If you want people to bring businesses to Falmouth you have to allow certain things to happen."

The Boslowick councillor added that the premises is "run extremely well," with effective security staff.

Councillor David Saunby opposed the application, saying that the council should wait until Cornwall Council's environmental protection team carried out a noise impact assessment before deciding.