West Kirby Wild Inn remains open but with some licencing conditions

By David Humphreys - Local Democracy Reporter

27th Jun 2022 | Local News

West Kirby's Wild Inn - as pictured by Google
West Kirby's Wild Inn - as pictured by Google

The Wild Inn at West Kirby will remain open despite concerns raised about noise and music at the location.

Wirral Council's licensing panel received an application from its own environmental health department to review the terms at the Wild Inn on Banks Road. The venue describes itself on social media as a "Rock / Music bar in the heart of West Kirby serving cocktails, beers, coffee and wine".

It has been confirmed to the Local Democracy Reporting Service that the venue will be allowed to remain open, with a number of conditions attached to its licence that it must adhere to, should the Wild Inn want to continue to trade alcohol. The grounds for the review were in relation to "music emanating from the premises and causing public nuisance to local residents."

The Banks Road site has a licence to trade alcohol from 10am to 12pm Sunday to Saturday. The licence permits live music until 11.30pm and can stay open until 12.30am. 

However, live music will not be permitted temporarily until the venue has been soundproofed. An additional hour was granted for the supply of alcohol, the provision of late night refreshment and the hours the premises are open to the public on the following days: Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Bank Holiday weekends and the Thursday before Good Friday.

Richard Leyland, Wirral Council licensing team leader, said in a report representation was made highlighting complaints received from residents relating to noise emanating from the premises. As a result of these complaints, the premises was visited a number of times by a licensing enforcement officer who deemed "the noise coming from the premises undermined the prevention of public nuisance licensing objective."

Cllr Alison Wright, Hoylake and Meols member, had backed plans to review the licence, but no concerns were raised by Merseyside Police, public health or trading standards. Half a dozen residents had objected to the retention of the licence but panel chair and Heswall councillor Andrew Hodson confirmed to the Local Democracy Reporting Service that the Wild Inn would not be shut down following the meeting held at Wallasey Town Hall last week.

Posting on Facebook, a representative for the bar wrote: "As I'm sure a few of you are aware, we had a licence review for the Wild Inn on Wednesday about the noise from the live music. So just to keep you all updated there's going to be no more live music until we make the bar more sound proof, which may take about a month to do so.

"We understand this isn't ideal but we're not going to let that stop us having a good time. So we will be having themed nights and more events in the meantime."

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