COUNTY licensing chiefs have given the go-ahead for Hereford College of Arts to sell alcohol and host music and dance events.

Herefordshire Council granted the licence last week which applies to the college's the café, main hall and courtyard area.

The college wanted the permission to host indoor plays and films, live and recorded music and dance events both outdoors and inside along with the sale and supply of alcohol for consumption on and off the premises.

The licence would be from Monday to Saturday from noon until 11pm.

Residents had objected over fears that it would lead to a increase in crime and noise disturbance in the area.

But college finance director Tim Williams said the college had not received a single complaint following the temporary events it has been hosting since November.

“The wider social experience is an important part of our education," he said speaking at the licensing sub-committee meeting.

“A student bar has been requested by students for a number of years and the college has responded to those requests by running weekly social night events.”

Mr Williams said a licence was needed to continue to supply the service to students.

He said the plans gave students a chance to socialise on campus in a safe and private environment.

“It’s not the college’s intention to be open during all of those times,” he added.

He said the residents's concerns may relate to events held at another nearby venue.

“I’m more than happy to meet with residents to address any concerns,” he said.