Gorleston pub’s licence to be reviewed following complaints from residents

Mariners Compass pub on Middleton Road in Gorleston.
Picture: James Bass

Mariners Compass pub on Middleton Road in Gorleston. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2013

A Gorleston pub faces a premises licence probe after an application has been made for it to be reviewed.

The Mariners Compass is up for review after being reported that it has allegedly breached the objectives of the Licensing Act 2003.

The application for review is based on four particular objectives: prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, prevention of public nuisance and protection of children from harm.

The borough council review relates to claims of fighting inside and outside the pub, damage to the property, drug dealing, fear of retribution for involving authorities, broken bottles glass on the pavement, excessive noise levels, shouting and arguing and foul language.

There is also said to be noise from vehicles and people entering and leaving the premise late at night, groups of people gathering outside premise, sales of cheap alcohol and possible lack of ID checks.

The licence review was applied for by the Middleton and Suffield Road Residents' Committee.

The residents contacted the council saying that since 2011 they claim to have experienced continuous problems with criminal activity and noise pollution which is related to the pub. Their evidence of the issues have been placed in written logs.

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Allegedly almost every Friday and Saturday there is loud music being pumped out and every time the main door is opened the music can be heard hundreds of meters away.

They added: 'We do not want to stop people from having fun, but this should be a pub, not a nightclub.'

The statement from the residents of Middleton and Suffield road committee said: 'We believe that there must be limits on how late the pub should be open in order to protect the families, workers, elderly etc who live within the vicinity.'

The pub is situated in the middle of a residential area in the heart of Gorleston, just a stone's throw from the high street. It says it is a family and dog friendly pub with a welcoming atmosphere.

Any interested party or responsible authority may make a representation in writing to the licensing team until Tuesday, September 12.

The date of the borough council's premises licence review meeting has not been set yet.