A PUB with a troubled past which is currently under review at the request of neighbours has cleaned up its act, bosses have claimed.
The licence of the Alma Inn, in Melbourne, is currently being reviewed by South Derbyshire District Council, but management believe that as the site has been free from crime since the current landlady took over, they have no case to answer.
Tensions between residents and the pub have been high for more than a decade following a number of high-profile incidents – including when a man was set on fire.
The incident marked the pub’s darkest hour when, early last year, Melbourne resident Alec Judge was set alight and another person assaulted.
Following the incident police imposed a temporary action plan on the pub.
But South Derbyshire District Council’s licensing committee, which was asked to consider imposing tougher restrictions on the pub, heard how no incidents had been reported for more than a year since Paula Quinby took over the running of the pub, but residents living nearby remain unhappy.
The complaints centre around noise levels and outside drinking, as the pub’s beer garden sits close to neighbouring properties.
Licensing solicitor Tim Shield, of John Gaunt and Partners, acting on behalf of Marston’s and Ms Quinby, countered that £52,000 had been ploughed into making improvements at the pub, which included the installation of a noise limiter, and added that both the police and Environmental Health had no complaints with how the pub was currently being run.
Mr Shield said: “Paula Quinby took over in July 2012 and since Paula has been in charge everything has been fine. These are historic issues, yes they are unsavoury, yes they are very regrettable but they are historic, going back 18 months to two years.”
A decision is set to be made later this week.