15:36 Tuesday 03 September 2013

Pub to stay open following review

Written byRICH GUTTRIDGE

A COUPLE are today breathing a sigh of relief after council bosses decided against closing their pub, despite protestations from the police.

The Travellers Rest, in Church Gresley, will remain open after surviving a request from Derbyshire Police to have its licence revoked.

The force applied for the removal of the licence following numerous incidents of alcohol-fuelled violence at the pub in recent years.

PC Rich Morley told a licensing hearing last week how 90 per cent of all alcohol-related crime in Church Gresley in recent years had stemmed from the New Street pub and that the force had exhausted its options in attempting to tackle the problem.

He also said that living near the pub had become a nightmare for residents.

Licensees Andy and Sharon Kinch, who took over in January, had pleaded to be given more time to turn the pub around, and will instead be required to meet a number of restrictions.

In reaching the decision, the committee said it felt the incidents at the pub were ‘low-level’ and did not warrant the removal of its licence, despite views to the contrary from the police.

In an attempt to bring an end to the problems, the licensees will be required to hold monthly meetings, inviting local residents to discuss any concerns, while all bar staff will be made to undergo alcohol awareness training.

Customers will also not be allowed outside after 9.30pm, other than the smoking area.

A spokesman for Derbyshire Police said: “We have not had notification of the council’s decision but we respect the ruling which has asked that the licensee improve the areas we are concerned about.”

Meanwhile, the committee also decided to take no action against The Alma Inn, in Melbourne, which had also been subject to a review.

Residents wanted restrictions placed on its licence following years of complaints, but the committee did not feel it was necessary.

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