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The Dart Inn new landlord implements zero-tolerance approach to put an end to pub's bad reputation

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 10, 2014

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A NO-NONSENSE landlord has adopted a zero-tolerance approach in an attempt to turn around the poor reputation of a Stapenhill pub.

Shaun McCann and his wife Carla took on The Dart Inn, in Short Street, back in May this year, despite the pub being notorious for drug use and trouble.

But ex prison officer Mr McCann is determined to restore the pub to its former glory and attract a new, family friendly crowd.

He has already barred a number of people and said he has a zero-tolerance approach to both drug use and abuse of his staff or customers, and hopes his tactics will put an end to negative perceptions.

He said: "At the end of the day it's a pub and you can't serve alcohol for hours and not expect people to get a bit loud and rowdy, but I'm completely zero-tolerant about drug use and I have no qualms over barring people.

"We want people to know the pub's not like it to used to be – some people seem to think it's no different to 30 years ago. It will take time to change people's perceptions, but we're going to try our best.

"We want it to be a community pub – a place people can enjoy."

As part of the pub's transformation darts, pool and dominoes teams have been organised, as well as bingo nights and charity events. There's also a search for Zumba instructors or anyone who would like to make use of the pub.

A full menu of pub grub is also now being served.

Security cameras and monitors have been installed to help enforce the zero-tolerance policy and signs have been put up around the premises explaining the approach.

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  • dzerzhinsky  |  August 11 2014, 12:45AM

    Good luck - you'll need lots of it. The Dart's been a vermin-filled hellhole for at least 40 years. Short of moving the entire population of Waterside estate somewhere else, I can't see how that will change anytime soon. Being a former screw is not going to help in there either, I'd guess at least 75% of the regulars have been inside.

  • Gothamite  |  August 10 2014, 11:34AM

    Brilliant news especially in these times of increased pub closures. The new hosts deserve to succeed and I'm sure that given time and locals support they will. Good luck!

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