Update: Weymouth clubs to stop selling alcohol at 5am

Dorset Echo: POSITIVE MOVE: Acting Inspector Neil Wood POSITIVE MOVE: Acting Inspector Neil Wood

TIME is being called on Weymouth’s 24 hour drinking culture after nightclub owners agreed to stop serving drinks at 5am.

Several venue operators are supporting a voluntary agreement which will see no-one served alcohol after 5am and customers told to leave by 5.15am. The pilot scheme will start next month and run for a trial period before being assessed.

There have been growing calls for clubs to close earlier after a spate of early morning violence.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, which is responsible for issuing licences to premises to serve alcohol, says it has been working in partnership with Dorset Police and Public Health Dorset to introduce the scheme.

However, the Pubwatch group says it has been discussing the issue for the past year and it approached the council with a suggested time.

The scheme targets those premises open after 5am.

The move aims to prevent the crossover between night-time revellers leaving venues, and families wanting to enjoy the seafront in the early morning. Police hope it will help reduce crime and alcohol-related incidents.

Borough council spokesman for community safety Geoff Petherick said: “We are very pleased that seven premises have signed up voluntarily to the scheme. This represents an important step forward in our aims to prevent anti-social behaviour in the town centre at night, yet keep the balance with ensuring our night time economy remains vibrant.”

Premises that have signed up so far include The Nook, The Lazy Lizard, Actors, Dolce Vita, Goldfingers, Dusk, Tuatara-Bar/The Closet.

Acting Inspector Neil Wood of Weymouth police, said: “This is a really positive move for Weymouth and gives a clear break between where the night time economy ends, and the day time economy starts.”

The pilot scheme will operate from January 2014 for an initial six months before being evaluated.

Keith Treggiden of Pubwatch said as well as early closing, some seafront venues were working to create a taxi marshalling system outside.

He said there was a balance to walk regarding early closing as it affected businesses operating in the night-time economy.

Mr Treggiden said an even earlier time could be agreed at a later stage depending on how things go.

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4:50pm Wed 18 Dec 13

TenBobDylanThomasHardy says...

Is someone have a 'bubble bath'?
Is someone have a 'bubble bath'? TenBobDylanThomasHardy

4:56pm Wed 18 Dec 13

islandman says...

Why would anyone set their alarm early to go out drinking?
Why would anyone set their alarm early to go out drinking? islandman

5:10pm Wed 18 Dec 13

WeymouthGent says...

This is fine by me as I can have a couple of hours nap on the beach and be refreshed to get back on it in the Weatherpersons at 7.
This is fine by me as I can have a couple of hours nap on the beach and be refreshed to get back on it in the Weatherpersons at 7. WeymouthGent

5:16pm Wed 18 Dec 13

PublicMan says...

Ban alochol altogether, more trouble than its worth, drinking scum
Ban alochol altogether, more trouble than its worth, drinking scum PublicMan

6:36pm Wed 18 Dec 13

peskykat says...

I would have thought 2am/2.30am would hae been more suitable for closing at weekends, anyway how do all those pub/club goers can afford to go binge-drinking like they are .
I would have thought 2am/2.30am would hae been more suitable for closing at weekends, anyway how do all those pub/club goers can afford to go binge-drinking like they are . peskykat

6:43pm Wed 18 Dec 13

qwertypoop says...

are they serious ? - about as much point to this agreement as there is to a chocolate teapot....
1or 2 am then yes BUT 5am thought most bingers had passed out by then anyhow..

just rules for sake of rules!!!!
are they serious ? - about as much point to this agreement as there is to a chocolate teapot.... 1or 2 am then yes BUT 5am thought most bingers had passed out by then anyhow.. just rules for sake of rules!!!! qwertypoop

8:08pm Wed 18 Dec 13

David Graham says...

A good start, I'm trying to be positive, but why not 3am like Bournemouth?
A good start, I'm trying to be positive, but why not 3am like Bournemouth? David Graham

7:59am Thu 19 Dec 13

mark@greenhill says...

Oh dear, I see the "no fun" brigade out in force.

For those of you who are clearly too old or too boring to frequent the Weymouth night time scene, a few facts.

Most people don't go out until around 11pm, so a 2am closing time, would mean a mad race to get some drinks in within a very short timescale, which will result in far more people being sick/drunk in the street.

Trying to make people drink up in a shortened time will lead to more trouble, not less, as people leave establishments early and are beyond the control of doorstaff etc.

Finally, does anybody bseriously want to return to the mad/bad old days of all the venues closing at 2 or 3am, where the streets around the fast food outlets and taxi ranks, suddenly fill with hundreds of people all wanting food and a way home? It was bedlam and a recipe for trouble.

In the real world outside of this town, many places stay open through till 5 or 6 am with no real issues, as the people wander off when they have had enough, and not all flood onto the streets at once.
Oh dear, I see the "no fun" brigade out in force. For those of you who are clearly too old or too boring to frequent the Weymouth night time scene, a few facts. Most people don't go out until around 11pm, so a 2am closing time, would mean a mad race to get some drinks in within a very short timescale, which will result in far more people being sick/drunk in the street. Trying to make people drink up in a shortened time will lead to more trouble, not less, as people leave establishments early and are beyond the control of doorstaff etc. Finally, does anybody bseriously want to return to the mad/bad old days of all the venues closing at 2 or 3am, where the streets around the fast food outlets and taxi ranks, suddenly fill with hundreds of people all wanting food and a way home? It was bedlam and a recipe for trouble. In the real world outside of this town, many places stay open through till 5 or 6 am with no real issues, as the people wander off when they have had enough, and not all flood onto the streets at once. mark@greenhill

11:13am Thu 19 Dec 13

blobby96 says...

nice to see steve at weymouth bars joining up!
nice to see steve at weymouth bars joining up! blobby96

12:59pm Thu 19 Dec 13

youngpete says...

3.00 am closing would be a better improvement,a lot of smaller bars are closing down due to people not coming into town until midnight which means they have done most of their drinking at home already.It would also mean the police would not have to cover the town for such long hours.There are so many takeaways now the likley hood of mass exits & big queues for food where the fighting used to be are more reduced.I would like to see people in the town from 20.00 until 3.00 to bring it back to life.
3.00 am closing would be a better improvement,a lot of smaller bars are closing down due to people not coming into town until midnight which means they have done most of their drinking at home already.It would also mean the police would not have to cover the town for such long hours.There are so many takeaways now the likley hood of mass exits & big queues for food where the fighting used to be are more reduced.I would like to see people in the town from 20.00 until 3.00 to bring it back to life. youngpete

4:07pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Tinks-a-Terra says...

I think earlier closing will only lead to more loitering and hassle in food establishments while people wait for buses home.
If a staff member lives out of town and doesn't drive they are more likely to wait for a bus instead of handing over 2 hours wages to a taxi firm.

PublicMan ... what a ridiculous statement to make!
Not everyone that enjoys a night out in town even has a drink and tarring everyone as scum is outrageous!
I think earlier closing will only lead to more loitering and hassle in food establishments while people wait for buses home. If a staff member lives out of town and doesn't drive they are more likely to wait for a bus instead of handing over 2 hours wages to a taxi firm. PublicMan ... what a ridiculous statement to make! Not everyone that enjoys a night out in town even has a drink and tarring everyone as scum is outrageous! Tinks-a-Terra

4:14pm Thu 19 Dec 13

westbaywonder says...

Public Toilet Man! LOL
Public Toilet Man! LOL westbaywonder

8:25pm Thu 19 Dec 13

dogloverdorset says...

People dont go out till 11.00 BECAUSE the clubs are open till 5am - in my day they shut at 1.00am, and we went out at 9.00pm !!
Close them at 2.00am and give town centre residents and hotel guests a bit of peace
People dont go out till 11.00 BECAUSE the clubs are open till 5am - in my day they shut at 1.00am, and we went out at 9.00pm !! Close them at 2.00am and give town centre residents and hotel guests a bit of peace dogloverdorset

9:39pm Thu 19 Dec 13

misterm says...

Close them completely. This makes no sense whatsoever!
Close them completely. This makes no sense whatsoever! misterm

11:05pm Thu 19 Dec 13

westbaywonder says...

Brilliant,out at 5am,go round the Mayors gaf for bacon sarnies and tea and in spoons back ON IT for 7am
Brilliant,out at 5am,go round the Mayors gaf for bacon sarnies and tea and in spoons back ON IT for 7am westbaywonder

7:33am Fri 20 Dec 13

mark@greenhill says...

misterm wrote:
Close them completely. This makes no sense whatsoever!
Great idea, let's turn the town back 100 years, do away with mains electric and running water. Whilst we are at it, let's dig up the road and turn it in to a muddy cart track leading into town.

This is nearly 2014, visitors (you do remember them, they bring in the towns revenue) expect a night time economy and are willing to pay for it.
The night-life in our town, is often the reason people travel here at the weekend.
This town need all the revenue streams it can get, and closing down the bars would not only lose a lot of money from the local economy, but hundreds of people there jobs.
If you really object to a town with night life going on, I suggest you move up the road to Dorchester.
[quote][p][bold]misterm[/bold] wrote: Close them completely. This makes no sense whatsoever![/p][/quote]Great idea, let's turn the town back 100 years, do away with mains electric and running water. Whilst we are at it, let's dig up the road and turn it in to a muddy cart track leading into town. This is nearly 2014, visitors (you do remember them, they bring in the towns revenue) expect a night time economy and are willing to pay for it. The night-life in our town, is often the reason people travel here at the weekend. This town need all the revenue streams it can get, and closing down the bars would not only lose a lot of money from the local economy, but hundreds of people there jobs. If you really object to a town with night life going on, I suggest you move up the road to Dorchester. mark@greenhill

6:54pm Fri 20 Dec 13

westbaywonder says...

What time will the new GAY bar close?
What time will the new GAY bar close? westbaywonder

8:12pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Ellis Dee says...

westbaywonder wrote:
What time will the new GAY bar close?
Will you be kerb crawling then ducky ?
[quote][p][bold]westbaywonder[/bold] wrote: What time will the new GAY bar close?[/p][/quote]Will you be kerb crawling then ducky ? Ellis Dee

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