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Gloucester to get trendy new cocktail bar 'within three months' despite police concerns

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A trendy new cocktail bar will be opening in Gloucester within the next three months after being given the go-ahead by councillors.

Businessman Matthew Bull has been given the green light to pour £250,000 into the three storey site of a former nursery in Eastgate Street to open a new venue.

The Eastgate Street Drinkery will serve food and offer live music and entertainment and is described as a high-end alternative to the late night venues in the area.

Gloucester City Council licensing committee has tonight granted Mr Bull a licence for the new premises, which would have capacity for 200 people, to open as late as 2am.

The decision came despite objections by police to opening another late night venue on Eastgate Street - which they say has more crime than any other street in Gloucestershire.

'We will be more upmarket'

Mr Bull, who runs Thirteen Degrees and Six Degrees of Separation bars in Cheltenham, said his venue will offer something different to Eastgate Street.

Speaking after the hearing, Mr Bull said: "We will now start work on the venue. Quite a lot of investment has to ge into the building itself.

"We'll be opening up a venue that has great benefit to the community and is an alternative to what's already available.

"I believe I'm offering something more upmarket and in keeping with the current trends of Goucester.

"I think we will be open inside three months."

Police at breaking point

Police had objected to the licence application due to the number of incidents they are already called to in the street on Friday and Saturday nights and the shortage of officers available to deal with them.

Gloucestershire Constabulary says Eastgate Street , the home of several nightclubs, suffers the highest number of police incidents of any street in the county, with 329 recorded in the 12 months up to August 28.

And officers often have to be drafted in from Stroud, the Cotswolds and the Forest of Dean to deal with incidents in the street, the meeting heard.

Michael Griffiths, head of legal for Gloucestershire Constabulary, said police “almost have a duty” to object to new premises in Eastgate Street due to current staffing levels being at "breaking point."

He said: "Eastgate Street has more incidents of crime and disorder than any other street in the county.

"We're already in situation where we're struggling to deal with incidents in Eastagte Street with officers from Stroud going to Eastgate Street.

"This is a responsible operator, but even with a responsible operator if you put 200 extra persons into that area our position is that that will cause difficulties."

'Gloucester has a patriotic passion'

Mr Bull told the committee that his business would be "very different" to what's currently on offer at Eastgate Street.

Eastgate Drinkery would avoid running the kind of drinks promotions already seen in Eastgate Street which he said are "almost promoting indulging of alcohol."

Mr Bull said: “Gloucester is not Cheltenham, but there’s a lot to be said for Gloucester. There’s almost a patriotic passion behind the people here.

“Hundreds of people are saying they want Eastgate Street to improve. There’s always far more people in the Quays on Saturday night than Eastgate Street. They are willing to pay top dollar prices.

Eastgate Street Drinkery has been granted a licence to sell alcohol and play recorded music from 11am to 2am, play live music from 5pm to 2am, and offer late night refreshment from 11pm to 2pm, each for seven days a week.

The licence was granted on the condition that there would be no drinks promotions from 10pm onwards, that the premises become members of Gloucester City Safe and runs the Ask Angela scheme.

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I wondered who had bought that building. They've been renovating it for a few months now. 

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