Felpham pub loses licence, will remain closed

Closed - The Old Barn pub, Felpham.'''Photo by Louise Adams C130060-1 Bog Old Barn
Closed - The Old Barn pub, Felpham.'''Photo by Louise Adams C130060-1 Bog Old Barn

The Old Barn in Felpham has had its licence revoked, after a council meeting heard of ‘unacceptable behaviour’.

Arun District Council’s licensing committee was told at a hearing on Friday, January 18, there was evidence of drug activity, serving alcohol to children and related crime and disorder at The Old Barn.

The review of the licence was called for by Sussex Police and was held at Arun District Council’s Civic Centre.

Chief Inspector Jane Derrick, district commander of Arun, said: “My priority is the safety of people who live, work and visit Arun. Residents in the area around The Old Barn have put up with unacceptable behaviour linked to the pub for some time and as a result of the information police received today’s result has been possible.”

Jean Irving, Sussex Police Licensing and Public Safety Manager, said: “We are very pleased the licensing committee supported the police and residents who requested that the pub lost its licence and, with the further evidence from West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, all expressed their concern about the way in which this premises has been run.

“Any future application which may seek to re-open the premises will be closely scrutinised by the police, who will ensure that the residents will have the opportunity to voice their concerns and ask for reasonable amendments.”

On Monday, December 24, the Old Barn Pub was temporarily closed until Friday’s full hearing, and will now remain closed.

A number of residents wrote to Arun District Council supporting the police action and also attended the meeting in person, despite the snowy conditions. At the meeting the residents’ spokesperson said: “The difference to our lives is huge in the very short time the pub has been closed. Suddenly it’s a nice place to live.”

Cllr Graham Tyler, chairman of Arun’s Licensing and Enforcement Committee, said: “This decision shows this sort of behaviour in Arun will not be tolerated by the Licensing and Enforcement Committee. We take a view on Class A drugs and the serving of underage drinkers as extremely serious and we were guided by the evidence of the Police, who put a lot of work and resources into this case.”

Anyone who would like to speak to police in confidence about local concerns can contact Sussex Police on 101, via www.sussex.police.uk or by speaking to your local officer. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.