Controversial pub gets longer opening hours

Oddfellows Arms, Church Street, Seaham
Oddfellows Arms, Church Street, Seaham
Have your say

A SEAHAM pub has won the right to open longer after police withdrew their objections.

Durham Police initially opposed an application by the Oddfellows Arms, in Church Street, to open later during the week.

In a written statement to Durham County Council’s licensing committee, the police said: “We have had reports of customers being heavily intoxicated, alcohol fuelled assaults, drunkenness and aggressive behaviour. Over the Christmas period, there were reports of excessive noise emanating from the premises causing a disturbance to local residents.”

The committee meeting at Chester-le-Street civic centre was told the force no longer objected after a mediation agreement was reached with the pub.

Oddfellows agreed to ensure a working digital CCTV system covers all areas of the pub when it is open.

Recordings must be clear enough to identify individuals and kept for at least 30 days.

The pub also agreed to operate the Challenge 25 customer identification scheme

Oddfellows already opens until 1am from Friday to Sunday.

The new licence means the pub is able to open until 1am every night.

The playing of recorded music must cease 30 minutes earlier.