Late night licence refused

PUBLISHED: 09:04 18 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:51 26 October 2009

PARTY poopers have left a landlord reeling as birthday celebrations are to be cut short. Paul Lewis, landlord of the Peartree pub in WGC, is fuming that his application for a late-night licence has been thwarted by council red tape. He applied to keep hi

PARTY poopers have left a landlord reeling as birthday celebrations are to be cut short.

Paul Lewis, landlord of the Peartree pub in WGC, is fuming that his application for a late-night licence has been thwarted by council red tape.

He applied to keep his bar open for a 50th birthday function this Saturday, but after paying for the late-night licence he was then told he was too late.

Mr Lewis said: "I followed all the rules the council set me. They set us a date the money had to be in by and we paid them on that date."

However, a Welwyn Hatfield Council spokeswoman said: "In order to submit a valid temporary event notice, the notice must be served on the council and the police giving a minimum of 10 working days notice.

"This is a statutory requirement and the onus is on the person submitting the notice to meet this timescale.

"Unfortunately the manager for the Peartree pub had not taken into account Good Friday and therefore had only given nine days notice."

Paul's wife Susan added: "We were told that Friday (7th) was the final day to pay and that is when we paid.

"If we were told that, and the woman at the council who spoke to us also didn't take Good Friday in to account, then how was we meant to know?

"In the pub business Good Friday is a working day. It all seems so petty that someone's birthday is going to be ruined over the confusion of one day.


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