Two York restaurants could lose their licences over crime and safety concerns

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16 Feb 2020 @ 6.19 pm
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Two restaurants could lose their licences after the council called them in for review.

The two Regency restaurants – one on Barbican Road and the other on George Hudson Street – are affected.

The City of York Council enforcement team have sought the review of their premises licence on two grounds:

  • the prevention of crime and disorder
  • public safety.

Anyone who wants to contribute to the review is asked to contact the council’s licensing department by 7 March.

Illegal workers

The Regency restaurant on Barbican Road. Photograph © Google Street View
More details about the reasons for the licence review are given in the council’s register.

There are three parts to the application, and each applies to both the Chinese restaurants, which are owned by the same business.

The first part says that the restaurants were found to be in breach of the Licensing Act 2003 on two separate occasions. The act deals with alcohol licensing.


Part two says people were working there who didn’t have the legal right to work in the UK, and were detained by immigration officers. This happened on two separate occasions

And the third part says that North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service served notices on the restaurants for fire safety breaches, again on two occasions.

The next step is for the licence review to go to a hearing where a sub-committee will hear evidence and decide what to do next – this might include taking no action, modifying the licence conditions, suspending the licence, and revoking the licence.

The application for review and the licence register may be inspected by prior arrangement with City of York Council Licensing Section (tel: 01904 552422) at Licensing Services, Hazel Court EcoDepot, James Street, York, Y010 3DS between 8:30am and 5:00pm Monday to Friday.