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The Black Pearl license suspended

June 25, 2012 6:56 PM

In March 2012 Wiltshire Council granted an application to re-license 5A Church Street in Trowbridge, which was formerly Peewee's Bar and is now The Black Pearl.

The previous license for the premises had lapsed. The new application came from the landlady of the nearby Carpenter's Arms.

Wiltshire Police objected to the plan, as did the Environmental Health department of Wiltshire Council. Their concern was that the longer hours proposed for music and alcohol sales could cause a nuisance.

The matter was decided at a public Hearing held in the Bradley Road offices on Tuesday 20th March. The licensing panel decided to permit the new license, although to protect the amenity of neighbours the hours applied for for musical entertainment were restricted: this has to cease at midnight Monday to Saturday and at 10.30pm on Sundays. There were also conditions requiring the use of door staff and CCTV, and restricting the number of people using the outside smoking area.

However a few weeks after the premises started trading Wiltshire Police called for a Review by the council and asked for the license to be revoked. The police claimed that, "Members of the public involved in disorder at the premises have sustained injuries which required hospital treatment; children have been ... exposed to a serious incident of violence and disorder; there have been numerous breaches of the premises license."

Another Hearing was held on June 25th. Agenda

The panel found that there were poor management practices, and troublemakers including individuals with 'pubwatch' bans were gaining access. It therefore required the pub to close for 28 days for the managerial difficulties to be resolved. When it reopens it will have to have door staff on duty from 7pm at weekends.

The licensee has 21 days before the suspension starts. If an appeal is submitted the suspension wouldn't begin until the appeal was resolved.