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Council Proud of Productive Pubs Partneship

Press Release: 29/07/2020

 
WHEN it comes to pubs and clubs, Tameside Council is proud of two things: it’s close and productive relationship with partners such as licensees and the police, and its willingness to take firm action against the small number of premises flouting regulations designed to keep people safe.

Both sides of the equation have been proved recently. Inspections across the borough have revealed the vast majority of venues to be fully observing the rules. Three that didn’t have had their licences removed.

The council’s liquor licensing speakers panel suspended the licence at the Owd Joss, Hyde, following a violent incident*. For breaching regulations at the start of lockdown, the Billy Goat, Mossley, has had its licence revoked and the Top End Bar, Ashton, has had its licence  suspended for three months**.

However, since pandemic restrictions began in March, council environmental health officers have visited hundreds of pubs and clubs and found virtually all to be complying with regulations.

During lockdown, and in partnership with police, more than 200 inspections were carried out. Since businesses began to reopen, almost a month ago, there have been a further 136 visits, many of which were conducted at night and over weekends, to monitor compliance and offer further guidance. These revealed issues at only six premises, all of which were quickly resolved.

Cllr Allison Gwynne, Tameside Council’s executive member for neighbourhoods, said: “I trust that the action taken by the liquor licensing speakers panel provides adequate proof of Tameside Council’s determination to take action whenever we deem it necessary. The regulations are in place to ensure the safety of staff and patrons and must be followed.

“However, it’s never our intention to be heavy-handed. We want to work with the licensed sector and I’m proud of the excellent relationship that exists between us.

“Pubs and clubs have continually demonstrated their willingness to co-operate, and I’m delighted that our many inspections have revealed the overwhelming majority were compliant during lockdown and have reopened safely.”

Measures to protect customers and staff include screens, hand-sanitising stations, social-distancing measures and books for patrons’ names and phone numbers so they can be traced if necessary.

These are all required to prevent the transmission of covid-19 and keep the chances of a second wave to an absolute minimum.

Notes

*Pending a full review.

**These two decisions are subject to a 21-day appeal period,
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