Petition started over council closure of The Lounge in Chafford Hundred

A PETITON has been drawn up in order to try and reverse Thurrock Council’s decision to revoke the licence of Chaffered Hundred bar The Lounge.

YT reported last week that the Licensing Committee made the decision at a meeting on September 1st.

The petition has been started by Lucy Ward.

The petition reads: "On September 1st, the Lounge Bar had it’s trading licence revoked for reasons that we/ believe hold no credibility/ perceive as unfair.

Since taking ownership of the bar in March we have tried hard to transform the bar and its reputation from its previous Unit 4 days, into a modern cocktail bar. which we hope will soon become the hub of the Chafford Hundred community.

Whether you have popped in for a cup of coffee on a Saturday afternoon or an evening glass of procecco, I am asking you to sign this petition in a bid to help us keep our much loved bar. Thank you all."

So far, the petition has gained 438 signatures.

Chair of Licensing sub-committee, cllr Ben Maney has detailed the reason for revoking the licence.

He said: “These decisions are not taken lightly but the overriding objective is to protect the community and ensure that licensed premises in Thurrock meet the highest standards.

“Working with the police and other enforcement agencies, the Council will ensure that businesses engaged in licensable activities, including the sale of alcohol, comply with their obligations.

“We revoked the license for the premise because the Lounge Bar was consistently found to be in breach of its licence conditions and there were a number of other legal infringements. During visits it was observed that alcohol was being served after hours, illegal drugs were found in the toilets and door supervisors were not searching guests at the door.

“Following a serious violent crime earlier in the year, coupled with a failure to implement recommendations and we as a panel felt we could not allow the bar to continue trading. We are also mindful of complaints made by residents who we are determined to protect from harm.”

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