Lincoln city centre bar wins back late night licence

A bar in the centre of Lincoln has been granted a new licence to remain open until 4am all week – just months since its opening hours were reduced on police advice.

As previously reported, Status had its closing time cut to 3am by City of Lincoln Council at a licensing review in March after Lincolnshire Police had identified serious concerns over reported crimes and incidents at the bar.

Innovation Pub Management Limited, who operate 30 bars, clubs and hotels, appealed the decision in court, and at the same time applied for a new premises licence.

Michael Kheng of Kurnia Licensing made the application on behalf of the company, offering more conditions than on the previous licence and for alcohol sales and entertainment to both finish at 4am.

At a hearing on August 4, a decision was made to restore the 4am closing time, albeit with extra conditions.

Status will now be required to operate a last entry time of 3am, except for existing customers who have left the bar, which is based on Silver Street.

An agreement was also reached between Status and Lincolnshire Police on suitable door supervision of the premises.

Paul Weeks, Director of Innovation Pub Management Limited, said: “I’m pleased with the result and I just want to continue trading as usual and build the business at Status.”