Thursday, December 1, 2022

The Battle of the Kings Arms: Residents win key concessions

THE MUSIC off by 11pm and the pub closed by midnight. Those were the key conditions imposed on the Kings Arms pub in Baker Street, Orsett at a meeting of the Thurrock Council Licensing Committee.

Representations made by the Baker Street Hamlet Residents Association along with their local councillor, Sue Little detailed a litany of late night disturbances.

Chair of the association, Alan Kemp, told the committee that he lived next door to the pub and that the noise was intolerable.

Representing Punch Taverns, Matthew Phipps (solicitor) told the committee that they had not come to the committee to look to negotiate. He stated that the landlady (Keeley Belt) was on a final warning but he did stress that the pub had been turned around from a scruffy, under-performing establishment to a smart and profitable public house.

Mr Phipps also countered the residents associations claims of the police being called to the Kings Arms by wondering why there was no police representation at the meeting.

Chair of the Licensing Committee, cllr Mike Stone issued a ten point alteration to the conditions of the Kings Arms licence that detailed physical changes to the pubs layout as well as contact phone numbers from Punch Taverns to be available for residents to ring.



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