A Llangollen licensee told councillors that a gate which fire officers said had to be kept open was actually kept locked at the request of the police.
Stephen Evans, who runs the Prince of Wales pub in Regent Street, told members of Denbighshire’s licensing committee that he was willing to comply with all the requirements of the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service who said that the gate should have an electronic lock to allow easy egress in an emergency.
But he explained that the police had told him to keep it locked to improve access to the premises.
Mr Evans, who also owns the Abbey Grange Hotel, was applying for a new premises licence for the Prince of Wales, which has been open only at weekend under a temporary arrangement.
The committee granted the licence subject to various conditions demanded by the fire service and to help reduce the noise from live music.