Bexley Council denies election conspiracy over time taken to investigate deputy mayor's Charlotte pub in Crayford for alleged licence breach prompted by male strippers' show

Geraldine Lucia-Hennis at the pub.

Geraldine Lucia-Hennis at the pub.

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Bexley Council has defended its investigation into a Crayford pub after the News Shopper revealed an alleged breach of its licence two months ago.

The Charlotte pub in Crayford is owned by Bexley's deputy mayor Geraldine Lucia-Hennis and the establishment has been under investigation since the Adonis Caberet Show performed at the pub.

The current licence bans the pub from having entertainment consisting of 'semi or full nudity'- the event in March was raising money for charities supported by Bexley mayor Councillor Sharon Massey.

News Shopper readers have said the council is deliberately "dragging its feet" in terms of the investigation until after the election which takes place tomorrow.

One reader called Crayman said: "Surely Bexley Council aren't deliberately dragging their feet until after the election when Councillor Lucia-Hennis might not have a seat any longer, so this wouldn't be such an issue for the council?

"It's been almost two months (since this happened), Coun Lucia-Hennis and Coun Massey both want re-election, behind all the bravado about freezing council tax this is the true face of the how the council is run.

"Suspend the licence to show this is being taken seriously."

A council spokesman said: "The alleged breach of licence condition in respect of the Charlotte public house is being dealt with in accordance with the procedure applied to all licensed premises and we reject the suggestion that it has been deliberately delayed.

"A meeting was arranged with the Licence holder for last week, but for bona fide reasons this has had to be rescheduled.

"As we have previously stated, no decision can be made until the responsible authorities have had the opportunity to meet with the licence holder."

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10:50pm Wed 21 May 14

BexLee says...

Amazing that in 8 weeks the council haven't been able to meet with the licence holder considering they must be in the pub each evening as they are running the place ? and how long does this meeting take ? Just doesn't sound right does it ?!
Amazing that in 8 weeks the council haven't been able to meet with the licence holder considering they must be in the pub each evening as they are running the place ? and how long does this meeting take ? Just doesn't sound right does it ?! BexLee
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9:23pm Thu 22 May 14

paulbexleyheath says...

you will never hear anything bad about the goverment and councils while there is an election looming.
they are all for there selfs and stick together . never mind us lot we are only paying there wages .
you will never hear anything bad about the goverment and councils while there is an election looming. they are all for there selfs and stick together . never mind us lot we are only paying there wages . paulbexleyheath
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1:48pm Wed 28 May 14

Crayman says...

What a Shame GLH got re-elected in Crayford, with a reduced majority and a lower turnout. I suppose the formality of a slap on the wrist will follow, what a great example of the Tory party the council are.
What a Shame GLH got re-elected in Crayford, with a reduced majority and a lower turnout. I suppose the formality of a slap on the wrist will follow, what a great example of the Tory party the council are. Crayman
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