Public areas drinks licences

A series of parks and public spaces in Newcastle have been given licences for music and drinking.

A series of parks and public spaces in Newcastle have been given licences for music and drinking.

The sale of alcohol will be allowed under strict conditions at Grey's Monument and Chinatown in the city centre on 12 days each year.

The new licences will be used for special events, including Chinese New Year and St Patrick's Day celebrations.

Heaton Park has also received permission for drinks sales, while five other locations have been given licences for music at special events.

They are: Gosforth Central Park, Blakelaw Park, the Blue Carpet, Iris Brickfield Park in Heaton and Paddy Freeman's Park in High Heaton.

Without the licences, any outdoor performances at the venues would be illegal.

But plans for drinks licences at these venues were dropped by the city council after opposition from nearby residents. Licensing officer David Ellerdale told a licensing sub-committee meeting that giving permission for the sites would enable the authority to "keep control of the parks".

Anyone wishing to hold an event in the public spaces will still have to apply for permission from the council, and meet health and safety conditions.

Residents will then have the chance to challenge their plans.

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