Fanny on the Hill pub in Welling closes after Bexley Council revokes licence

Well known Welling pub closes after Bexley Council revokes licence

Well known Welling pub closes after Bexley Council revokes licence

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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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5:10pm Thu 1 May 14

Brook says...

Bring back the White Horse
Bring back the White Horse Brook
  • Score: 2

10:09pm Fri 2 May 14

loolums says...

Five years too late for our families. Claire Lane was killed by a drunk driver who came from the Fanny on The Hill Pub and killed her 100m from her front door. He was totally drunk and got into his car in the pub car park and then drive dangerously, mounted the pavement and kill Claire. Tomorrow is the 5th anniversary of her death. Her son has grown up without his natural mum, her mother and father have missed their daughter so much and her sister just carries on bravely. Selling alcohol to drunk adults is bad enough but to young people under age is deplorable.
Five years too late for our families. Claire Lane was killed by a drunk driver who came from the Fanny on The Hill Pub and killed her 100m from her front door. He was totally drunk and got into his car in the pub car park and then drive dangerously, mounted the pavement and kill Claire. Tomorrow is the 5th anniversary of her death. Her son has grown up without his natural mum, her mother and father have missed their daughter so much and her sister just carries on bravely. Selling alcohol to drunk adults is bad enough but to young people under age is deplorable. loolums
  • Score: 24

6:54pm Sat 3 May 14

Outandabout says...

He was drunk, had sold drink to people aged 15 and had stolen meat on the premises. Other than that everything was fine! Never get high on your own supply! These test consumers are picked because they LOOK 15. they don't look 25 but are actually 15, they are picked for a reason, specifically so you can't claim they looked older. It tells Trading Standards that they probably regularly sell booze to under age people but this is the first time they were caught. Might be your livelihood mate but everything you should have done to protect it wasn't done. Save your eight grand. You don't stand a hope in winning the appeal.
He was drunk, had sold drink to people aged 15 and had stolen meat on the premises. Other than that everything was fine! Never get high on your own supply! These test consumers are picked because they LOOK 15. they don't look 25 but are actually 15, they are picked for a reason, specifically so you can't claim they looked older. It tells Trading Standards that they probably regularly sell booze to under age people but this is the first time they were caught. Might be your livelihood mate but everything you should have done to protect it wasn't done. Save your eight grand. You don't stand a hope in winning the appeal. Outandabout
  • Score: 17

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