A SOUTH Derbyshire pub will have its licence reviewed after complaints about crime and disorder which include a customer being set on fire.
A review of The Alma Inn, in Derby Road, Melbourne, has been sought after
‘repeated and consistent breaches’ of the conditions of its licence, according to a report, which will go before South Derbyshire District Council’s licensing and appeals sub-committee on Wednesday.
It says Derbyshire Police has subjected the pub to a temporary action plan since March 10, 2012 when Melbourne resident Alec Judge was set alight and another person assaulted on the pub’s premises.
The force had tried to act as mediators between the licensee and concerned residents.
But mediation attempts were judged to have failed by May this year, and the review is deemed as a fallback position, the report said.
It is now hoped the review will clarify the pub’s licensing conditions and give the same level of protection to residents as that given to people living near the Harpour’s Hotel Restaurant, also in Derby Road, Melbourne.
In the report, South Street resident Stephen Spear said he has concerns about the pub’s outdoor drinking area and language used by punters.
He said: “The Alma is not a ‘family’ pub. The noise and in particular the language from people drinking outside is a public nuisance to residents.”
Jim Hewlett, who represents Melbourne on the district council, said the pub must have licensing conditions which are ‘easily understood, clear, precise, enforceable and unambiguous’.
Paula Quinby, licensee for the Alma Inn, declined to comment when approached by the Mail.
In a letter the committee will also consider, Tim Shield of licensing solicitors John Gaunt and Partners, which act for Marton’s PLC, licence holder for the Alma, said the firm would represent its client at the hearing.
He said Marston’s ‘specifically denied’ the premises operated in a way which undermines licensing objectives.
Mr Shield added that Marston’s run more than 2,000 pubs and bars in ‘thriving communities’ throughout the country.