Under 18s barred from Malmesbury pub
9:00am Saturday 11th August 2012 in News
UNDER 18s will not be allowed into the Guildhall Bar in Malmesbury when it is selling alcohol, according to new licensing conditions.
The Oxford Street pub had appealed following a council review at the beginning of the year that ordered the opening hours to be cut back to 11.30pm and the argument was expected to be heard in before magistrates in Chippenham.
But the new conditions, which bring the opening and alcohol sales hours into line with the neighbouring Borough Arms, have been agreed without going to court.
Acting Insp Martin Alvis from Malmesbury Police welcomed what he described as a sensible decision.
“The new conditions that the Guildhall are working under are a great result for the people of Malmesbury in that their concerns were heard and action was taken.
“I am particularly pleased with the no under 18s policy, which will assist us greatly in our routine policing of the premises.”
He added that since the review the pub had been run in an orderly fashion and officers were looking forward to working with staff to ensure peace and normality reigned in Oxford Street.
Both the Guildhall and the Boroughs went through a review in January following complaints that residents in Oxford Street and nearby were being plagued by late night antisocial behaviour from drunken customers.
Hours at the Boroughs were cut to 12.30am, but the Guildhall was ordered to shut an hour earlier. Landlord Colin Pike appealed but the paperwork went missing at the magistrates court, resulting in the pub having to close for a day.
Under the new agreement it must close at 12.30am and have a bouncer on duty between 10pm and 1am, Monday to Saturday.