Licensing change to Epworth pub granted

The Red Lion. Picture: Malcolm Billingham E0082MB
The Red Lion. Picture: Malcolm Billingham E0082MB

CONTROVERSIAL plans to extend an entertainments and late night drinks licence at an Epworth pub have been granted despite opposition from councillors and police officers.

Licensing officials at North Lincolnshire Council gave the go-ahead for an application by The Red Lion pub to serve refreshments until 2am on Thursday and Friday nights.

The venue was also given permission to host film showings, indoor sporting events as well as the performance of dance and dancing.

Epworth Town Council and Humberside Police lodged a formal objection to the scheme, citing increased noise, anti-social behaviour and litter as potential problems.

In a letter, Martin Garfitt, licensing officer for Humberside Police, said that the application would “not meet the licensing objectives of crime prevention.”

Although the application was given the go-ahead by the licensing committee there were a total of 15 conditions imposed which the pub owners must comply with.

This includes keeping all doors and windows closed during entertainment, CCTV must be installed and two door supervisors are to be on duty.

No-one at the pub was available for comment as the Epworth Bells went to press.