This article first appeared in the Manchester Evening News on Tuesday 16th April. You can view it here.
Crunch, which was one of the region’s most visited bars by police last year, had their bid turned down as part of a crackdown on Manchester’s gay village excess.
An ‘irresponsible’ bar has been blocked from late opening in a crackdown on Manchester’s gay village excess.
Crunch was one of the region’s most-visited venues by police last year.
It also breached a string of licensing conditions while causing misery for residents.
Now its bid for a 5.30am licence has been rejected by council bosses – who warn it could spark crime and disorder.
Their decision notice says the bar is not being ‘responsibly managed’.
The rejection has been hailed as a triumph by those campaigning for a new, safer gay village.
City centre councillor Kevin Peel, who spoke against Crunch’s application, pledged to challenge any bid for a post-4am licence in the area. He added:
“Enough is enough.
“We can’t let irresponsible venue owners get away with constantly extending their hours and holding councillors, residents and businesses in contempt.
“We’ve got residents directly above Crunch and residents next door – people are frightened to leave their homes as a result of this.
“This is a really positive development. We are not going to tolerate these irresponsible venues in the vision we have got for the village and I will be very supportive of licence reviews where we suspect they are not living up to their responsibilities.”
Manchester council’s licensing committee heard the bar – currently open until 4am – has broken a string of licensing conditions on noise and security.
They also heard it was in the top ten Greater Manchester venues for police call-outs in the last six months of 2012, while angry residents have struggled to raise their concerns with its management.
Nobody at the Canal Street venue was available to comment.