Chesterfield bar owner loses appeal over loss of licence

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A bar owner has been refused permission to reopen after magistrates upheld the decision by a council’s licensing committee to revoke the premises’ licence.

Nicholas Carter, owner of Bar Centro on Holywell Street, appealed against a decision of Chesterfield Council’s licensing committee made earlier this year to remove his licence.

His licence was stripped from him after a Derbyshire Police operation found that drug dealing had taken place in the bar – openly in view of staff and customers.

Carter objected to the decision and his case was heard by Chesterfield magistrates, who ordered him to pay the council’s costs of £6,850.

Coun Chris Ludlow, Chesterfield Council’s executive member for environment, said: “We are pleased the magistrates upheld the decision of the licensing committee to revoke Bar Centro’s licence.”

He warned: “We will not tolerate drug dealing and both the committee and the court found there were not sufficient measures in place at the bar to prevent dealing.”