BRISTOL: Pub appeals licence revocation
A pub that had its licence revoked for causing neighbours “absolute sheer terror and horror” and breaching Covid rules has launched an appeal to overturn the decision.
Bristol City Council’s licensing sub-committee ruled in August that The Bull Inn in Crews Hole should be shut down, following a request by the local authority’s neighbourhood enforcement team backed by the police.
Beat officers at Avon and Somerset Police told the hearing that they spent a disproportionate amount of time at the premises dealing with disorder, nuisance, loud music, alleged threats to cut throats and reports of mass brawls, with some residents reportedly moving away from the area because of the problems.
But regulars submitted a petition at the City Hall meeting and told the panel the “much-loved community pub” should be saved, despite the council issuing two fines of £1,000 and £2,000 for repeated Covid breaches since lockdown eased in April, neither of which had been paid at the time of the hearing.
The Bull’s managers, who insisted they had been the victim of malicious and fabricated reports to police of dozens of people fighting, have now appealed against the decision.
Councillors revoked the licence on the grounds that the licensing objectives of public safety and the prevention of crime and disorder and public nuisance were being undermined.
The appeal hearing is set to be heard by Bristol magistrates on a date to be set in October.
Words: Adam Postans, Local Democracy Reporter
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