Pub’s extra hours bid withdrawn

THE landlord of the Eagle and Child pub has withdrawn his application for extra hours at the High Street pub.

As reported in last week’s Courier there had been protests from nearby residents about the licensing hours extension and more time to play music.

But shortly after last week’s front page article about the application and the neighbour’s concerns, in which we reported that applicant Mr Ross Wallis declined to comment, he withdrew the licence variation bid.

The application had been due to be heard by Wyre’s licensing committee, but was withdrawn before councillors heard it.

A council spokesman said no reason had been given for the withdrawal of the application but Mr Wallace has since written to The Courier explaining his reasons.

In his letter he writes: “I have decided to withdraw my application for variation to keep the peace, but would like to stress to local residents that the police chose not to make any representation against the application, and surely this demonstrates we are not wholly responsible for the anti-social behaviour created in Garstang.

“I only hope that customers old and new continue to support me to enable me to remain landlord of The Eagle and Child.”

He added: “I can assure all local residents the thought of increasing my working day doesn’t appeal to me, but when competing against several other pubs in Garstang who all have permitted live music on their licences and some later serving permits it has become a need rather than want to apply for a variation to our licence, to secure the financial viability of the business.”

The decision to withdraw the application was welcomed by Garstang mayor Coun Lady Dulcie Atkins who had been contacted by some of the residents about their concerns.

• Letters, page six