March pub is put under the spotlight as councillor calls for a licence review

The Georges March. Owner Nigel Marsh.

The Georges March. Owner Nigel Marsh. - Credit: Archant

A councillor has called for a review of the licence at a town centre pub in March where he says the music is too loud and customers wake neighbours with shouting and fighting.

Councillor Kit Owen has submitted an application to Fenland District Council calling for them to take another look at the licence for The Georges due to what he says is “inappropriate activity” at the premises.

Any member of the public can call for a review under section 87 of the Licensing Act 2003.

Cllr Owen has submitted an application on the grounds that adequate steps have not been taken to control noise, women have been heard shouting late on a Monday night and there has been fighting in the front garden on two occasions.

Cllr Owen said the incidents: “Fly in the face of the protestations by Mr Marsh that he has taken adequate steps to control noise from the premises and that he is more than capable of controlling his customers.”

He continued: “The existing licensing conditions are very clear in that ...both live and recorded music was to cease at 23.59 hrs. This is in addition to the references to unacceptable disturbances affecting residents.”

A licensing panel met on October 1 where they hoped that conditions imposed would enable publican Nigel Marsh to demonstrate good management and positive neighbour relations as he continues to develop his business.

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However, Mr Owen said that has not been the case.

He said the disturbances proved the license needed to be either revoked or further more stringent conditions imposed to ensure people living nearby were not disturbed.

Mr Owen’s application states that on October 4 - three days after the licensing hearing - there was the sound of bass which woke neighbours.

On October 5 loud bass woke the residents after 11pm.

On Monday October 7 women were heard shouting loudly in the front beer garden at 22.49pm and at 11pm there were reports of fighting outside.

Police attended at 11.17pm.

On Friday October 11 there was the sound of loud singing at 11.15pm and despite the restrictions there was loud music still playing at midnight.

On Saturday October 12 there were reports of excessive noise and fighting and police were called to restore order.

The council says the review is necessary “in the interests of the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety and the prevention of public nuisance.”

Anyone wishing to make a representation must do it in writing, and send it to The Licensing Authority, Fenland District Council, Fenland Hall, County Road, March, PE15 8NQ. Representations must be submitted by December 15.

The review application can be viewed at Fenland Hall, at the Fenland @ Your Service premises in Broad Street, March, or on the council website at www.fenland.gov.uk/licensing

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