Saturday, May 28, 2022

Pub landlords face objections from neighbours

St Austell

An application from the Stag Inn in St Austell is set to go before Cornwall Council’s licensing committee on Wednesday

The landlords of a town centre pub are seeking to get a new licence but have come up against objections from near neighbours.

An application from the Stag Inn in St Austell is set to go before Cornwall Council’s licensing committee on Wednesday.

Currently closed, the pub has no licence after it was surrendered at the beginning of the year. But now Sharon Escrader has applied for a licence so that the pub can reopen.

A report going to the committee on Wednesday explains that The Stag is a ‘wet led pub’ with the only food served being packets of crisps and nuts. It can seat around 40 people and has a capacity of 80.

The application had been for the pub to be able to open from 12pm to 11pm Sunday to Thursday and from 12pm to midnight on Friday and Saturday, with the supply of alcohol for the same hours. However, after consultation with the police the applicants have agreed to cut the time of alcohol sales by 15 minutes each day.

In addition the applicants have agreed to a number of other conditions requested by the police and Trading Standards, including having a Challenge 25 policy in place, having CCTV in operation on the premises and for anyone carrying open bottles or cans of alcohol drinks to not be allowed in, and not to serve anyone who appears intoxicated or behaving in a disorderly manner.

The application has attracted objections from two members of the public who have made claims against the applicants. One claimed that if the licence was granted it will lead to more anti-social behaviour in the area.

Bradley Griffiths claimed in a statement: One reason that I object to the issuing of the licence is that the owners have caused problems with shouting abuse at members of the public and also at business owners across the street from them, with the police having to be called on several occasions.

He also claimed he had reported the pub ‘several times’ for alleged breaches of lockdown regulations.

Responding to the claims Sharon Escrader said: I did not break any of the lockdown rules, I remember on two occasions police coming to our door and going away perfectly satisfied that we were not open and actually couldn’t be as the bar was full of tables, chairs and other things from our cellar as we were using the time to declutter and decorate.

Escrader said: We close at a reasonable hour, generally around 10pm through the week, so that our neighbours are disturbed as little as possible and as such have a very good relationship with all of the people that live there.


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