Pub’s hours cut over anti-social problems

The Barristers pub on Towngate in Leyland
The Barristers pub on Towngate in Leyland

A town centre pub has seen its opening hours cut, as police crack-down on anti-social behaviour in Leyland.

Barrister’s, on Towngate, was up for a licence review at South Ribble Council’s licensing committee this week, when it was also decided that door staff are required to man the premises on weekends.

A policy will be put in place to stop revellers congregating at the front of the pub and spilling onto the street in the early hours of the morning, and there shall be no entry to customers after midnight on Friday and Saturday, the committee determined.

A list of recommendations had been agreed upon by the police and licence holder prior to the meeting, which the committee has now signed off.

It was also announced that a new manager has been appointed in the last six weeks, and there haven’t been any issues or complaints since then.

Sgt Tony Bushell, from South Ribble Police, said: “We want to work with the premises to provide a function to the community without the adverse impact on residents.

“Part and parcel of the problems were that the pub was virtually operating as a nightclub, but it didn’t have the sufficient door staff to manage that.”

Speaking on behalf of residents, who have complained about noise nuisance, damage to their cars and gardens, and lots of litter, Coun Alan Ogilvie said: “There is a lot of trust involved here tonight.

“It’s not fair on residents who are woken up at 1am or 2am, and that trust has been broken on umpteen occasions over the last few months.”

Stuart Page, solicitor and managing director at Aticus Law, representing Barrister’s, said: “My client doesn’t want to operate in confrontation with local authorities.

“They want to co-operate and provide a good service to the community and employment, and run a good tight ship.”

He said that the agreed closing time of 1.30am on Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (a reduction from 3am as it previously operated) would have a ‘significant impact’ on the premise, but was a ‘reasonable price to pay’.

The pub can keep its operating hours of up to midnight for the rest of the week.

Sgt Bushell concluded: “I think this is a reasonable compromise.

“There haven’t been complaints recently and it could be argued that there has been more of an effort made because it’s under scrutiny, but if it falls back, we will bring it back to the committee.”

- For more on this story, including details about plans for Barrister’s to become a carvery, see next Tuesday’s Leyland Guardian.