NEW FERRY: Wirral restaurant has retains it’s alcohol licence
Stanley Road, in New Ferry, Wirral, where the premises is based, Image: Credit Google
A Wirral restaurant has retained its alcohol licence despite neighbours reporting incidents of violence and public urination outside it.
Freddie's Bar on Stanley Road in New Ferry has kept its licence, but withnew conditions designed to deal with problems raised at a public meeting last Friday.
They include ensuring CCTV is available to catch any anti-social behaviour on film, shutting the outside garden area of the venue by 10pm and monitoring noise levels outside to prevent disruption to the lives of the restaurant’s neighbours.
These conditions have been added after a meeting of Wirral Council’s Licensing Panel last Friday in which residents complaining about problems and the restaurant’s representatives were able to put their cases forward.
One of the spokespeople for the residents group said some of the restaurant’s customers had been known to roll around fighting, screaming and swearing in the community.
She added that there were six separate reports of public urination by customers, including three in broad daylight, two of which involved people’s garden walls and another which was seen by a child.
The resident painted the picture of a lively, noisy bar and suggested it would be better off in the centre of New Ferry, rather than in a residential area.
She said that when residents complained they were abused and ridiculed, with some customers telling them to f*** off among other insults and incitements to physical violence, and that this was left unchallenged by the restaurant’s owners.
However, officers from Wirral Council’s licensing, environment and planning teams had visited the premises on multiple occasions and could not back up the reports residents had made.
The panel was told this did not mean the complaints were not true, but simply that the council was not able to find evidence to support the claims.
Seizing on this, Matthew Reynolds, a solicitor representing Katrina Sandland, who owns Freddie’s, said it was clear that the complaints made at the meeting were not supported by independent evidence from council officers.
He added that he believed there was a concerted campaign from certain residents who simply did not want a bar to be developed in the area.
Mr Reynolds added that he had submitted evidence to the panel that a resident shouted to staff at Freddie’s that they “didn’t want this f***ing pub”, which he felt went to the crux of the reason behind many of the objections.
Ms Sandland agreed, saying that she had been harassed from the moment she tried to open Freddie’s and that it had made her question whether she had made the right decision in investing in the pub.
She added that threats had led to some staff leaving their jobs at the restaurant and that for all those who complained about the restaurant the same amount loved it.
Words: George Morgan, Local Democracy Reporter
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