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Press Release 20/12/11
The initial license review took place back in September, during this process all the suggested recommendations were agreed in principle with the police & EHO. The councillors then felt it necessary to vary some of these agreed conditions, we felt they were unnecessary and out of line with other establishments and similar processes.
There is a 21 day period of reflection prior to a decision on the conditions needing to be made, unfortunately during the 21 day period an isolated incident happened in the pub on a Saturday night, an assault took place and the police were called to attend.
At this time no additional conditions had been enforced and we were working to the letter of our license, towards the end of the 21-day period we choose to appeal the decision and take the case to Magistrates Court, a preliminary hearing was set for 13th December.
The appeal letter outlined that we were only disagreeing with two of the conditions and agreed with the others, we also stated that we would voluntarily impose all of the agreed conditions ie increased door supervision, installation of CCTV etc during the appeal process. We also reduced the provision of live entertainment during the appeal process by some 75% removing all DJ’s, full bands & reducing to simply live Duo’s which we were confident would comply to the necessary noise levels.
The assault that took place sparked a further license review from the police and they were now pushing for revocation, if this was achieved the site would not only lose the existing license but would be unable to apply for a new one due to the cumulative impact policy. Mediation was attempted with the police and it was clear that the minimum that they would accept and put forward to the committee was a suspension, a change of management and they would feel happier if the site adopted a different business model.
After being told we would not be able to trade through the buoyant Christmas & New Year period a financial decision had to be made and we surrendered the lease back to Enterprise Inns (the freeholder), Enterprise Inns will therefore be looking for a new tenant to take on the lease and I will be very surprised if this will be achieved during the 1 month suspension and expect it to take 2 to 3. I wish the new tenant the best of luck and hope that they can keep some of the soul of the pub and not transform it into another generic, faceless, mainstream establishment.