Dereham landlord wins licence renewal bid

PUBLISHED: 17:33 28 March 2014 | UPDATED: 17:33 28 March 2014

The King's Head on Norwich Street in Dereham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The King's Head on Norwich Street in Dereham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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The new landlord of a town centre bar and hotel will reopen every day of the week now the venue’s licence has been renewed.

Geoff Fossitt had applied to Breckland Council to renew his premises licence at the King’s Head Hotel in Dereham.

Since he took over the lease at the premises on February 6, he has had to cut down the Norwich Street establishment’s opening times until the licence is renewed.

His application was approved by the council’s licensing sub committee today.

Some concerns had been raised by two members of the public, saying they had been subject to “numerous noise violations” from events held at the Kings Head and the noise levels have been “horrendous”.

Mr Fossitt, who is planning to tidy the building up now he has overtaken the lease, said they only hold one karaoke event a week, on a Saturday evening, and that there are no plans for any large parties.

He said: “I want to tidy it up, I’ve already worked on the garden. I want to make it not such an eyesore.

“We have karaoke on Saturdays, not any other music, and it’s from 9pm until 12.30am, which I don’t think is too traumatic. The windows are shut and the only other thing we plan is the Dereham Blues Festival in the summer which every pub in Dereham will be part of and has a licence for.”

The business is currently open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It will now open from 10am to 12.30am from Sunday to Thursday and 10am to 1am on Fridays and Saturdays.

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