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Fanny on the Hill pub in Welling closes after Bexley Council revokes licence
A well known Welling pub has closed after Bexley Council revoked its licence because alcohol was sold to 15-year-olds and the manager was seen "drunk" at the venue.
Bexley Council says it has "no confidence" in Paul Eskdale, who has run the Fanny on the Hill for eight years, after police were called to a fight and found him to be "drunk, incoherent and incapable of controlling the venue".
At a licensing sub-committee meeting councillors said they didn't believe Mr Eskdale could prevent crime and disorder, uphold public safety, prevent public nuisance or protect children from harm.
The pub in Wickham Street was also warned in 2011 by the council after it stayed open beyond licence hours and punters were seen causing a nuisance outside the venue.
Mr Eskdale, 49, told News Shopper: "I feel gutted.
"The punters are devastated and we have had a farewell.
"We were going to appeal but my solicitor said it would cost £8,000 if we lost and I would have to pay the council's court costs.
"This is my livelihood."
During the incident which happened on November 3 police at the scene asked Mr Eskdale why he had not called them to help and he replied that he was "handling it".
The committee also heard that on December 14 last year alcohol was sold to two 15-year-old test purchasers and meat, that was believed to have been stolen, was found in the premise.
The report said: "We consider the appearance of two under-age customers should have been obvious. and should therefore have been challenged."
It added: "In reaching its decision, the sub-committee has considered that the above track record gives the sub-committee no confidence in the ability of the company who is premise licence holder, run by Mr and Mrs Eskdale to uphold the licensing objectives of prevention of public nuisance and the protection of children from harm."
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