POLICE have called for the capacity of an Isle of Wight bar to be restricted.
Licensing chiefs will be asked to restrict capacity at House of Legends in Newport from a maximum of 250 people to 175 at a hearing next Friday.
Officers said the reduction would help prevent disorder and ensure staff could monitor and control customers at the premises. The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service supports the call for a reduction.
Police initially asked the Isle of Wight Council's regulatory committee to consider reducing the venue’s hours and limiting the noise from entertainment, but officers said they longer believed this was necessary.
Solicitors acting for House of Legends said their client had increased the number of door staff on Saturday nights and was happy to install noise limiting equipment.
Licensing officer, PC Gary Fletcher, told the Isle of Wight County Press there had been a successful meeting with management and their solicitors when the majority of their concerns were addressed.
He said: "We agreed on 90 per cent of all the concerns police had and we half agreed with the last ten per cent that relates to maximum numbers.
"We believe it should be 175 and the solicitors have offered 200. We are just going to put it to the committee. Everything else has been agreed."