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Opposition to late night opening bid of Erith pub

PUBLISHED: 11:12 12 September 2011

So far, only a handful of residents oppose the bid to open later and allow drinking outside.

So far, only a handful of residents oppose the bid to open later and allow drinking outside.

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Residents and businesses are opposing a bid by an Erith pub landlord to open later and allow drinking outside.

Bexley’s licensing committee are due to meet on Thursday (16) to decide on the application by landlords of the Corner Pin pub in Slade Green Road, Erith, to stay open until 12.30am the next day Monday to Saturday and until 11pm on Sundays.

However, director of Projects Electronic Limited in the same road, Meryck Willeard, wrote to the committee saying: “We have are concerned that the above application may cause inconvenience to our business, through increased noise and risk of damage to our property.

“We have experienced broken windows in the past and often had to pick up glasses and bottles left outside by customers. If they are not retrieved, they are usually smashed posing danger to children going to the primary school next door as well as to the tyres of cars belonging to our staff and visitors. We feel that to allow drinking to the front of the premises would be likely to exasperate the problem.”

Dawn and Robert Scott, who live opposite the pub, also wrote in saying: “As working people living opposite, we feel we would be disturbed even more than we already are by this establishment. At present, we suffer the noise of the loud music being played.

“By allowing this to continue for longer periods would, in our view, be intolerable.”

The landlady Gill McDonald, whose parents own the pub, said: “The pub has been in our family for 44 years and after a break of a year we are now back in charge. It is a nice place to be. We always had an outside drinking licence but it is just that it was lost last year when different people were managing the place. We want the late licence for special occasions. It is not to use it all the time.

“Those people that come into the pub now that it is now a nice family pub.”

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