A pub owner who has caused quite a stir in Leyland hopes that his latest development will allow him to get back to business as usual.
Lee Forshaw, of the Withy Arms in Worden Lane, has been slated by South Ribble Council for not having planning permission for the changes made to the former Roebuck, and for burning logs in a fire which did not meet the necessary standards.
Now though, after gaining retrospective planning approval and installing new burners, he’s determined to keep his head down and concentrate on his new venture.
“The logs are part of the charm of the place,” he said. “So I’m glad we’ve sorted that out. Coals just glow and you don’t get the flames.
“I hope things do die down a bit with the council now.”
Environmental health officer Neil Martin said at the planning meeting he did not have much ‘faith’ in the owners’ ability to manage the premise, after regulations were broken and the council received complaints from residents about noise and litter.
As a result, the planning approval is subject to a 12-month trial for the outside seating area.
“I’m not too worried about that,” Mr Forshaw said. “He said he has no faith in us, but we already have two pubs in Bamber Bridge, and there are no problems there. This pub is an asset to Leyland.”