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Music venue to remain open subject to conditions to improve safety

Chesterfield music venue The Avenue is set to remain open subject to conditions to improve safety for staff and customers following a hearing by Chesterfield Borough Council’s licensing committee.

The committee met yesterday, Wednesday 1 November, where members decided on a conditional suspension of the venue’s licence for one month.

The venue’s owner, Paul Birch, had failed to ensure measures were in place to ensure the safety of staff and customers including no evidence of risk assessments and lack of training for staff.

This came after repeated visits by the council’s environmental health officers.

Mr Birch has 21 days to appeal this decision.

If an appeal is not submitted, the conditional suspension will come into force. This means the venue will be allowed to remain open as long as the following requirements are in place:

  • Fire safety enforcement notice is fully complied with
  • The venue’s health and safety policy to be updated
  • Clear records to show staff training has taken place
  • A combined job description for designated premises supervisor, bar manager and venue manager to be put in place.

Additional conditions were also put on the licence regarding staff training and children not being allowed on the premises unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Councillor Andy Bellamy, chair of the committee which held the hearing said: “We take the safety of our residents very seriously, which is why we decided on a conditional suspension of The Avenue’s licence.

“We hope to see the requirements in place to ensure safety of the venue’s staff and customers meaning that the venue can remain open.”


First published on 02 November 2017 Last updated on 02 November 2017