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Harlow Council cuts opening hours of The Chequers in Old Harlow

News / Thu 3rd Dec 2020 at 10:32am

HARLOW Council have decided to cut the operating hours of an Old Harlow pub.

The Licensing Committee made the amendments after a marathon five hour meeting on Wednesday night.

The pub in question is The Chequers pub on Market Street, Old Harlow.

Presentations were made by a number of officers from Harlow where they charted a series of complaints made against the pub.

The grounds for review were set out in a previous news item.

During the meeting officers published video recordings of music played within the grounds of the Old Harlow pub.

According to council officers, this was filmed in early July, when pubs had just re-opened after lockdown. They said that music could not be at a level which would mean customers would have to “raise their voices to be heard”.

The licensee, Bradley Reeve spoke on a number of occasions. He made a robust defence of his pub. He defended his recorded of pub management that went back 32 years.

Mr Reeve said: “It was not our intention to upset anyone.”

The committee did hear from Stuart Bushell, a representative of EI Group, the organisation that owns the pub.

Mr Bushell admitted that they were not aware of what had been happening and admitted that they should have.

He informed the meeting that the licensee, Brad Reeves, had handed in his notice and they were interviewing for a replacement, who they hoped to have in place before Christmas.

Cllr Nancy Watson sought assurances regarding Mr Reeves’ status. The committee heard that he had a nine month notice period. Mr Bushell indicated that they would not accept a change of mind.

The committee had the option of totally revoking the licence but appeared to place their faith in a new management team being put in place.

The details of the amendments to the licence can be seen at the end of the film.

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