Published on August 10th, 2015 | by Dean Carr
Redditch Pub Loses Licence Bid
REDDITCH residents who say their lives have been made a “living hell” are celebrating after an unlicensed club lost an application to sell alcohol.
Redditch Council rejected an application to sell alcohol at the Traders Arms in Bromsgrove Road on the grounds it would increase crime and disorder in the area, following complaints from concerned residents and the police.
Speaking at a licensing sub-committee on Thursday, July 9 neighbours reported guns being fired, fighting in the street, screaming, general noise throughout the night and drugs being sold on site.
Inspector Darren Webster from West Mercia Police said there had been more than 60 incidents of anti social behaviour and suspicious activities reported to the police in the past seven months – far more than any other licensed premises in Redditch.
He mentioned a drugs warrant had been executed at the pub and as a result three people were arrested on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs including former pub owner Riaz Khan.
Riaz, who is on bail awaiting trial in August, is also current owner Umar Khan’s father.
During the meeting councillors were told the pub had been trading without a drinks licence since last year.
Police were even called to the premises the night before the meeting and a small amount of cannabis was found.
Inspector Webster said: “The premises would have significant impact on the local community therefore the application should be refused.”
Speaking to the committee one resident, who did not want to be named for fear of reprisals, said: “This pub has become an absolute disgrace in the way it has been allowed to run.
“Neighbours including myself really have had had enough. There are young children in this area who have been woken up by noise, including my young daughter and not forgetting elderly residents who feel intimidated.”
During the meeting, owner Mr Khan apologised to residents pleading that if they were given a chance he would prove the premises worthy of a licence.
He said: “I am aware of the noise and nuisance. I categorically do apologise for any problem that this has been caused any resident members.
“Parties and celebrations do appear to have gone over the top. If we have the opportunity to prove ourselves we will work so it never happens again.”
Councillors took just 30 minutes to decide to reject the application.
Speaking after the meeting elated residents described the last few months as a “living hell” and that they were all extremely happy with the decision and that they “could now sleep easy”.
A residents’ spokesman added: “We are happy, although, we just hope they follow the rules.”
After the meeting Mr Khan refused to comment.
Bar manager Adam Whitby, who has worked at the pub for nine years, said the outcome was “disappointing” but they hoped they would be able to work something out.
Although the premises is not allowed to serve alcohol, it will remain open and owners can appeal to a magistrates’ court within 21 days of being notified of the decision in writing.
Source: Redditch & Alcester Advertiser
Author: Liz Sharpe