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Councillors warn licence could be withdrawn
A pub in Wyke will have to close down for a month and when it reopens must stop playing music at 10pm after dozens of complaints from nearby residents.
Bradford Council’s environmental health officers called for the licence at the Wyke Rose, in Huddersfield Road, to be reviewed after a significant increase in the number of noise complaints since April last year.
As a result of the string of objections, two abatement notices were served on the pub, which were both breached. Officers also seized stereo equipment and a prosecution is now pending.
Robert Thewlis, of Clifton Properties, which owns the pub and holds the premises licence, told the Council’s licensing panel, he had been “lied to” by manager Pauline Spikings and designated premises supervisor Kenneth Greenhough, since taking on the pub last summer.
He said that during weekly meetings his company had been assured that everything was in hand. As a result Mrs Spikings was to leave the pub in the next few days and an application for her to be the new designated premises supervisor had been withdrawn, he said.
While he accepted “a degree of naivety” on his part, he offered to close the pub until a new suitable tenant could be found. He asked for the current hours and conditions on the licence to remain in place, to give the new tenant chance to prove themselves.
Chairman of the panel, Councillor John Ruding, told Mr Thewlis if there were any further complaints or breaches of the licence, they would give serious consideration to revoking it.
But he said for the moment they would suspend the licence for a month, and ban regulated entertainment after 10pm, with an extra hour on public holidays.
Environmental health officer, Jeannette Howarth, had detailed a long list of complaints from neighbours dating back to April last year about loud music emanating from the pub.