A late night music venue and bar in Wilmslow town centre is currently having their premises licence reviewed.
The police have requested that the licence for Symposium, which opened on Grove Street in October 2016, is reviewed stating "The grounds for the review are that the premises have facilitated the employment of illegal immigrants who are either in the country illegally or working without a valid visa.
"There has been a significant number of violent crimes and disorder as well as reports of drug dealing within the premises.
"The current premises licensing conditions are for a Greek restaurant and do not reflect the current business model being operated at the premises namely a late night bar/night club.
"The nature and style of the operation of the premises is undermining the licensing objectives particularly:
• Prevention of crime and disorder
• Public safety."
The Symposium, which is located in the premises previously occupied by The Stolen Lamb, opened as a partnership between the actor and singer Ashley Taylor Dawson, who is best known for his role as Darren Osborne in Hollyoaks, and chef George Yiannis formerly of The Stolen Lamb.
Ashley Taylor Dawson told wilmslow.co.uk "We have been advised by the licensing division that our operation has more elements of a late night club as opposed to our current restaurant and bar licence. So we are applying to convert the licence into a club premises licence.
"We are working closely with the police and licensing division of Cheshire East to improve public safety and prevent crime and disorder. The bar has become very busy and popular so they are helping us develop accordingly."
A spokesperson for Cheshire East Council said "The application is currently under a 28-day consultation period where representations (either in support of the review or in support of the premises) can be submitted."
Following the 28 day consultation period Cheshire East Council is required to hold a hearing within 20 working days. The date of the hearing is not yet set.
However, if all parties agree a hearing is not necessary then the Council is not obligated to hold one. This can sometimes happen where parties mediate an agreement (though any changes to the licence would need to be done by way of a variation).
The spokesperson added "At the hearing the Licensing Act Sub-Committee would have a number of options available to them, these include: to modify the conditions of the licence; to exclude a licensable activity from the scope of the licence; to remove the designated premises supervisor; to suspend the licence for a period not exceeding three months; to revoke the licence.
"In their application, the police have confirmed that they do not seek revocation of the licence (though this would not prevent the sub-committee taking that action if they thought it appropriate), they are seeking to have the conditions of the licence changed to reflect the business's current operating model and to reduce the hours from 3am to 1am."
Matthew Jackson, Clerk for Wilmslow Town Council said "The Town Council Planning Committee noted that the licence review had been requested by the police and the issues that the local police had highlighted at the venue in recent times. The committee supported the proposal made by the police that the CEC Licencing Committee consider amending the current licencing conditions from a 3am closure to a 1am closure."