A Council Committee is to examine the licence of a popular Bradley Stoke pub after two people living in a neighbouring residential property lodged an application for review under the Licensing Act 2003.
South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) is currently running a public consultation on the application, which it says has been made on the grounds of “prevention of crime & disorder, public safety and prevention of public nuisance”.
A copy of the application published on the Council’s website shows that it has been made by two residents of a property in Hornbeam Close, a residential area on the opposite side of the Willow Brook Centre access road from the pub.
The complainants cite binge drinking, anti-social behaviour, breaches of licensing hours, noise, fights and public disorder amongst their grounds for seeking a review, adding that the issues have been going on since 2009.
According to emails attached to the application, the pub is currently licensed for the sale of alcohol and dancing from 10am to midnight, seven days a week. Council officials point out that the pub management has voluntarily introduced measures to “promote the licensing objectives” including the deployment of door staff on Friday and Saturday nights and adding an extra set of external doors to minimise the outbreak of noise.
Other emails in the 71-page document reveal that an incident of fighting at the pub in November 2011 led to four people being banned from all pubs in the local Pub Watch area (plus a lifetime ban from the Three Brooks) and that the Council’s Environmental Heath Officers have made nine out-of-hours visits to monitor noise both inside and outside the complainants’ property without finding evidence of “statutory nuisance”.
The public consultation runs until 31st January and it is understood that a formal hearing by the SGC Licensing Sub-Committee will be held on Tuesday 26th February.
A spokesperson for Mitchells & Butlers plc, owner of the Three Brooks, told The Journal:
“We are awaiting the outcome of the hearing and therefore are unable to comment further at the moment.”
According to a factsheet published by the Home Office, once the Sub-Committee has listened to and considered all views and evidence, it must decide what (if any) action is appropriate to promote the licensing objectives. These can include:
- Taking no action;
- Modifying the conditions of the licence (change, add or remove conditions – including operating hours),
- Excluding a licensable activity from the licence;
- Removing the designated premises supervisor;
- Suspending the licence for a period (not exceeding 3 months); or
- Revoking the licence.
Following the hearing, all parties concerned with the request for review (i.e. the applicant for the review, the premises licence holder or any other person who made relevant representations in relation to the application) have the right to appeal to the magistrates’ court if they are not happy with the decision of the Sub-Committee.
Related link: Pubs in Bradley Stoke (The Journal)
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