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Clash over pub’s log-burning fire

Lee Forshaw from the Withy Arms in Leyland, who has been told he can't have a log burner there

Lee Forshaw from the Withy Arms in Leyland, who has been told he can't have a log burner there

Bosses at a popular Leyland pub are at loggerheads with the council after being told to stop using their log-burning fire.

The Withy Arms, on Worden Lane, is in a smoke-free zone and because the pub’s burners do not meet the necessary standard, they have to stop using them.

Operations director Lee Forshaw said: “I think we are being singled out by the council for some reason, and I don’t understand why.

“The customers love it, they love that it is warm and welcoming.

“We’ve not had any complaints from anybody.

“The log fires are part of what makes the Withy Arms so popular.

“The building is in a conservation area. There would have been no gas fires.

“They were all log-burning fires.”

Mr Forshaw said the pub will replace all the fires but, at the moment, they will continue lighting them.

Coun Phil Smith, cabinet member with responsibility for regeneration, leisure and healthy communities, said: “We informed the owner about his responsibilities around the types of stove and fuels he could use, and we will continue to monitor the situation to ensure he is complying.

“We take our legal responsibilities to protect the health of the public seriously.

“We can take enforcement action if necessary, although we always try to resolve such issues by talking to people first.”

 

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