Takeaway penalty

Urban Spice, Brock Street, Lancaster.
Urban Spice, Brock Street, Lancaster.

Lancaster Indian takeaway Urban Spice is to appeal against a council decision to revoke its premises licence.

Lancaster City Council’s licensing sub-committee agreed to remove the licence from the Brock Street outlet after it breached all three conditions of the licence over the last 12 months.

The conditions related to the provision of registered door staff, community radio and CCTV provision.

The premises had previously received both verbal and written warnings about compliance with the conditions on the premises licence. The licensing sub-committee decided therefore that a further warning would not be appropriate and agreed to revoke the licence.

Committee members said they had no faith that the management will uphold the licensing objectives by complying with licence conditions or planning law in the future.

A report said the sub-committee was of the opinion that the revocation is “appropriate and proportionate” as a means of upholding the licensing objectives of protecting the public and preventing crime and disorder. Urban Spice bosses were given 21 days to appeal the decision, and the premises will remain open until the outcome of the appeal.

Lancaster licensing officer, Sgt James Martin, said: “We have tried to work with the takeaway to resolve the situation but the owner has repeatedly failed to comply with the conditions of the licence.

“It is extremely disappointing it has got to this stage – we have a fantastic relationship with licensees and shop owners in the town and will always do everything we can to avoid having to take such action.

“I hope the ruling sends out a clear message to others about the potential consequences of breaching licensing conditions.”