Pub could lose its licence
An Abergele pub lose could its licence over complaints from the police, council staff and neighbours over loud noise and a failure to keep working CCTV.
It follows an assault and numerous complaints about loud noise from Y Gwindy pub on Market Street in Abergele.
Police officers have said that they have been to the pub on several occasions in the last few months only to find there was no working CCTV and sales had been made after hours.
An assault at the pub was reported to police officers in August but when they went to investigate they were told there were cameras but they were not working.
They want to see the licence varied to force the pub’s operators that there be a working CCTV system that records the goings on at the pub, and that it be checked daily and any defects be fixed immediately.
Members of the licensing sub-committee will review the pub’s licence when it meets on Monday in Llandudno Town Hall.
A report to the committee from the police said: “In addition to the noise, and unauthorised activity, officers form North Wales Police have been called to
the premises several times since January 2019. When officers have attempted to investigate public order offences committed at the premises, they have not been able to retrieve CCTV. And the premises licence holder and DPS (Designated Premises Supervisor) have not supported North Wales Police with investigations.”
Complaints at the venue have been a problem according to enforcement officers who took out a noise abatement order but the issues continued.
When council staff asked the licence holder Gizzi Estates Ltd and the designated premises supervisor, Kelly Williams, to discuss the issues they said they were ignored.
This included missing appointments at the pub and rearranged visits at council offices.
In August a noise abatement order was served on the premises following complaints from neighbouring properties.
As there had been a lack of communication, Huw Robat Williams, Principal Environmental Health Officer at Conwy Council wrote to the licensing sub-committee to say varying the licence would be pointless.
He argued the lack of communication from the licence holder and premises supervisor: “Shows a clear lack of management of the premises to comply with the requirements of the premises licence, a blatant disregard to the principles of licensing and an unwillingness to engage in dialogue with officers.
“As they are breaching their current conditions of licence, both within and outside their permitted hours, I believe it would be pointless to request variations to the licence.
“I am therefore seeking either a suspension or revocation of the premises licence for Y Gwindy.”
Police Constable Simon Keeting wrote to licensing officers at the council citing issues around a lack of CCTV at the premises.
He said: “Though I have had no personal dealings with the Gwindy, I can say that from discussions I have had with officers about the venue, it would seem that there has always been a problem obtaining CCTV from the venue as officers are simply told that it isn’t working. There appears to be no urgency to repair the system or provide footage, or it’s simply a reluctance to work with the authorities.”
By Shane Brennan – Local Democracy Reporter
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