A SOLIHULL nightspot which wants to extend its opening hours has had its application criticised by police who warned of more violence if it gets the go ahead.
Apres on Poplar Road applied to Solihull Council to open until 3am instead of 2am from Thursday to Saturday but the council have asked the bar to reach an agreement with police before making a decision.
In a letter to the council, Solihull police said: “Policing within the town is at a premium from 0200 hours with resources fully stretched dealing with the night time economy leaving premises safely and the town centre.
“Putting this further burden on police resources will substantially affect the policing plan’s capacity to maintain a safe and orderly environment in the town centre.”
Retired policeman and St Alphege councillor Joe Tildesley also criticised the plan.
He said: “We already have a hard pressed local police service providing an inordinate amount of their time and resources policing Solihull town centre and the night time economy.”
He added: “There is a point at which local police services cannot be stretched any further.”
Bosses at Apres said CCTV would be installed and also said they would join the Pubwatch scheme.