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Aughton pub undergoes licensing review

Neighbours of the Town Green Inn have suffered for years

The Town Green Inn in Aughton

A pub is facing a licensing review following years of complaints from neighbours. 

The licensing sub-committee of West Lancashire Borough Council met yesterday to discuss a review of the premises licence for The Town Green Inn, in Aughton.

At the time of going to press, the outcome of the licensing review was unknown, but will be revealed online asap.

Lancashire Police appealed to the licensing committee for the review following years of complaints from nearby residents.

In a statement to the committee, the police said: “The complaints relate to noise nuisance from customers and the premises operating after hours.

“The premises has seen a number of changes of management and any enforcement process has had to be restarted when a new manager is appointed.

“This has meant that no real action has been taken, which has resulted in the local community suffering over a number of years.”

In July last year, police told the new manager that any further complaints relating to the pub would result in review proceedings being instigated.

All was well over Christmas and New Year but, after yet another new manager started in March, a complaint of excessively loud noise was received by the police, resulting in them having no option but to bring it before the licensing committee.

The police are requesting that the opening hours of the pub are changed to 11am to 11pm and that all regulated entertainment is removed from the venue’s licence.

An incident log has also been submitted by the police listing all the complaints received against the pub.

 These include numerous complaints about the noise coming from the site, especially after its authorised hours of operation. 

Comments from six members of the public were received by the committee about the pub, highlighting the numerous problems.

One neighbour said: “This pub has caused me, my family and my neighbours stress and nuisance over several years.”

Representations from the environmental protection department, planning services and Lancashire Fire and Rescue were also received about the license breaches.

Punch Taverns, who own the pub, said: "It is always our priority that our pubs operate responsibly and provide safe and welcoming environments for customers.

“We will continue to work with our licensee, who is responsible for operating the premises, and closely with the local authorities and police to resolve any issues."