BRIDGWATER NEWS: Fears over increased late-night problems if Domino’s stays open until 3am

BRIDGWATER NEWS: Fears over increased late-night problems if Domino’s stays open until 3am

PIZZA chain Domino’s in Bridgwater has applied for permission to stay open until 3am for takeaway visitors to get their slices of tasty treats such as Mighty Meaty and Pepperoni Passion in the early hours of the morning.

But the idea has not gone down too well with at least one nearby resident, the police and the local environmental health officers.

An application for a new premises licence in respect of Domino’s at premises in Eastover – which are currently closed for refurbishment - was received by Sedgemoor District Council last month from AKS Partners Ltd.

The applicants have requested a late night refreshment licence daily from 11pm to 5am with opening hours specified as 24hours a day – although it has been stated the premises will remain closed to the public between 3am and 5am apart from deliveries.

The current licence provision for late night refreshment stands at 11pm to midnight on Friday and Saturday with opening hours specified as 4pm to 11pm Sunday to Thursday and 4pm to midnight Friday and Saturday.

AKS Partners Ltd, who are based in Milton Keynes, have told the council that a CCTV system with recording equipment would be in use during opening hours, customers would be encouraged to leave the premises in a “quiet and orderly manner” in a bid to do what they could to prevent any anti-social behaviour problems.

But the move to extend the late night refreshment licence to 5am has been met with opposition.

Sedgemoor District Council’s licensing and gambling panel will meet on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, to discuss the application.

A council spokesman, in a report, said: “An objection has been received from a local resident on the grounds of the prevention of public nuisance, public safety and the prevention of crime and disorder.”

The police and the council’s own environmental health service have also objected on similar grounds.

Concerned resident Richard Smith, in a letter to the council, said: “We live at the rear of Domino’s Pizza and we already suffer from late-night revellers causing a nuisance in the early hours who are walking home after a night out.

“People walking home in the early hours are usually heavily intoxicated and cause a public nuisance by shouting, swearing, dropping litter and general anti-social behaviour.

“I have a young family and we are often woken up particularly on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the early hours.

“If Domino’s increase their opening hours until 3am  I am concerned that it will exacerbate what is already causing a nuisance and can only be to serve the night time economy.”

Mr Smith has suggested that the applicants consider a delivery service only after 11pm which would allay the fears of his family about noisy and rowdy people congregating near his home in the early hours of the morning.

Domino’s in Bridgwater is currently closed for refurbishment, but is expected to be reopened by Monday, August 28, 2017.