Councillor says Billericay's Vetro should not reopen as a bar

Echo: Councillor says Billericay's Vetro should not reopen as a bar Councillor says Billericay's Vetro should not reopen as a bar

A TOWN centre bar which suddenly closed shouldn’t be reopened as a drinking establishment, a councillor has said.

Phil Turner, Basildon councillor for Billericay, said if Vetro bar had closed for good, a shop or restaurant would be better for the town.

The nightspot, in Western Road, Billericay, shut unexpectedly last weekend and has not reopened.

It launched in November 2012, after a lavish refurbishment estimated to have cost £555,000.

Before that, the bar was Stewarts Wine Bar, which had attracted noise complaints and antisocial behaviour.

Mr Turner said: “I wouldn’t like to see it open as another bar. It disrupts the local settled community.

“The people opposite in the cottages have borne the brunt of that but it has impacted right up Western Road.

“When Stewarts was open, the residents of Western Road had to put up with people being sick outside their doors and urinating up their walls and it’s not something anyone should put up with. 

“It would be nice to see retail go back in there. But I personally believe that won’t happen.”

Vetro has had no complaints from residents since it opened.

However, Mr Turner vowed to make sure people nearby had a good quality of life by continuing a community pub watch scheme if a new bar does take over.

The campaign logs incidents of antisocial behaviour, crime and noise in and around the High Street to encourage Essex Police and Basildon Council to tighten up licensing restrictions on pubs and bars.

It started in 2011 in response to Stewarts controversially extending its opening hours.

Mr Turner didn’t think it would be long before the venue opened again, whether that was as Vetro or something else.

He added: “If we get a bar the Billericay pub watch is still in operation. We keep a low profile but we are there and we will spring into action if necessary.” 

Despite numerous attempts from the Echo to contact the owners of Vetro bar, they have yet to respond.

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9:52am Mon 27 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

Turn it into flats and knock a few off the thousands you want to build in Basildon.....
Turn it into flats and knock a few off the thousands you want to build in Basildon..... Howard Cháse
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9:57am Mon 27 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Joyce should step in and take it over.
Joyce should step in and take it over. DogsMessInLeigh
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10:14am Mon 27 Jan 14

rayleigh123 says...

The worst day ever was when the local councils took over from the magistrates in controlling liquor licenses.

The council is only interested in money / fees. NO feelings for the local populations with regard to noise, antisocial behaviour etc.


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The worst day ever was when the local councils took over from the magistrates in controlling liquor licenses. The council is only interested in money / fees. NO feelings for the local populations with regard to noise, antisocial behaviour etc. . rayleigh123
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12:51pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Firestormgjc says...

This has been a bar in one form or another since the late 70's , I think it used to be called Webbers seems odd that its taken 30 odd years for objections to be raised.
Sounds like people who moved in once it was a Bar now don't like it.
This has been a bar in one form or another since the late 70's , I think it used to be called Webbers seems odd that its taken 30 odd years for objections to be raised. Sounds like people who moved in once it was a Bar now don't like it. Firestormgjc
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1:54pm Mon 27 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Firestormgjc wrote:
This has been a bar in one form or another since the late 70's , I think it used to be called Webbers seems odd that its taken 30 odd years for objections to be raised.
Sounds like people who moved in once it was a Bar now don't like it.
Seems its just Mr Turner that don't want a bar....

as the residents have never complained..

Quote:
"Vetro has had no complaints from residents since it opened".
[quote][p][bold]Firestormgjc[/bold] wrote: This has been a bar in one form or another since the late 70's , I think it used to be called Webbers seems odd that its taken 30 odd years for objections to be raised. Sounds like people who moved in once it was a Bar now don't like it.[/p][/quote]Seems its just Mr Turner that don't want a bar.... as the residents have never complained.. Quote: "Vetro has had no complaints from residents since it opened". DogsMessInLeigh
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1:56pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Elephantman2 says...

Webbers was a class establishment; great food; great wine owned by and served by great people. But that was when Billericay had some vestiges of class left..... all gone now :)
Webbers was a class establishment; great food; great wine owned by and served by great people. But that was when Billericay had some vestiges of class left..... all gone now :) Elephantman2
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2:37pm Mon 27 Jan 14

kturner says...

I believe the comment on this article stating that Vetro has received no complaints since it opem is false. I personally have complained to the bar's management myself on multiple occasions by email, post and in person. The local authority have also been made aware of the noise nuisance they had been causing every Friday and saturday night, therefore complaints certainly have been made and many of them. They had been playing their music obscenely loud every weekend and ignoring a multitude of complaints from neighbouring residents.
I believe the comment on this article stating that Vetro has received no complaints since it opem is false. I personally have complained to the bar's management myself on multiple occasions by email, post and in person. The local authority have also been made aware of the noise nuisance they had been causing every Friday and saturday night, therefore complaints certainly have been made and many of them. They had been playing their music obscenely loud every weekend and ignoring a multitude of complaints from neighbouring residents. kturner
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2:44pm Mon 27 Jan 14

kturner says...

Complaints have also been made to the local mp for billericay and billericay town council so i think this part of your atricle needs rethinking..
Complaints have also been made to the local mp for billericay and billericay town council so i think this part of your atricle needs rethinking.. kturner
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3:05pm Mon 27 Jan 14

JPopcorn says...

Frankly to say no-one ever complained is incorrect. To say they'd never complained to the authorities is another thing entirely.

This is a horrible venue. and I should be of the demographic, that 'should' be drinking in these type of establishments. but frankly it was outfitted like a pimps hat from the 70's. The licensee had zero ability to control his customers and frankly if i wanted to continue with the general theme of this derogatory commentary, I could.
But I was raised nicely and class still retains if you care to look for it.

.... to summarise: Vetro was utter S**t
Frankly to say no-one ever complained is incorrect. To say they'd never complained to the authorities is another thing entirely. This is a horrible venue. and I should be of the demographic, that 'should' be drinking in these type of establishments. but frankly it was outfitted like a pimps hat from the 70's. The licensee had zero ability to control his customers and frankly if i wanted to continue with the general theme of this derogatory commentary, I could. But I was raised nicely and class still retains if you care to look for it. .... to summarise: Vetro was utter S**t JPopcorn
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3:15pm Mon 27 Jan 14

JPopcorn says...

Firestormgjc wrote:
This has been a bar in one form or another since the late 70's , I think it used to be called Webbers seems odd that its taken 30 odd years for objections to be raised.
Sounds like people who moved in once it was a Bar now don't like it.
Webbers was a fairly easy going bar for the older types. (Perhaps even a dollop of yuppies in a certain era) it certainly wasn't a place that required two bouncers, wire framed gas burners and garage music from the end of the 90's.

Harrys, Vetro and the Ivory Rooms is termed as "Sailing the three C's of Billericay" - and the 'C' didn't stand for anything polite i assure you. A spell correct might call it an Aunt.

Customers of these bars all fall into a certain 'type' of person and while I'm certainly not suggesting I myself am any better or worse a person than them, I'm just glad I'm not one of them.

....But this being Bilbo, they'll open another poorly managed bar there. give it time
[quote][p][bold]Firestormgjc[/bold] wrote: This has been a bar in one form or another since the late 70's , I think it used to be called Webbers seems odd that its taken 30 odd years for objections to be raised. Sounds like people who moved in once it was a Bar now don't like it.[/p][/quote]Webbers was a fairly easy going bar for the older types. (Perhaps even a dollop of yuppies in a certain era) it certainly wasn't a place that required two bouncers, wire framed gas burners and garage music from the end of the 90's. Harrys, Vetro and the Ivory Rooms is termed as "Sailing the three C's of Billericay" - and the 'C' didn't stand for anything polite i assure you. A spell correct might call it an Aunt. Customers of these bars all fall into a certain 'type' of person and while I'm certainly not suggesting I myself am any better or worse a person than them, I'm just glad I'm not one of them. ....But this being Bilbo, they'll open another poorly managed bar there. give it time JPopcorn
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3:29pm Mon 27 Jan 14

kturner says...

The council should certainly not allow there to be another bar there, theyve had enough complaints to prove that it causes a huge nuisance to residents. The venue lies in a conservation area wherein many listed properties cannot modifed and are so old that they simply cannot withstand the noise that such an establishment inevitably creates... if you want to conserve the areas heritage, don't grant a late music licence to a venue that is only a few feet away from such properties and allow the residents to suffer for it.
The council should certainly not allow there to be another bar there, theyve had enough complaints to prove that it causes a huge nuisance to residents. The venue lies in a conservation area wherein many listed properties cannot modifed and are so old that they simply cannot withstand the noise that such an establishment inevitably creates... if you want to conserve the areas heritage, don't grant a late music licence to a venue that is only a few feet away from such properties and allow the residents to suffer for it. kturner
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4:10pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Britanniaman says...

well the owner has had an offer to let the building to Unruly and Delinquent Youths , Mental Care and ex-offenders Counseling ... Center :)
well the owner has had an offer to let the building to Unruly and Delinquent Youths , Mental Care and ex-offenders Counseling ... Center :) Britanniaman
  • Score: 1

4:53pm Mon 27 Jan 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

Make a good sexual health clinic, very discreet....
Make a good sexual health clinic, very discreet.... You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
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8:53am Tue 28 Jan 14

rayleigh123 says...

kturner wrote:
The council should certainly not allow there to be another bar there, theyve had enough complaints to prove that it causes a huge nuisance to residents. The venue lies in a conservation area wherein many listed properties cannot modifed and are so old that they simply cannot withstand the noise that such an establishment inevitably creates... if you want to conserve the areas heritage, don't grant a late music licence to a venue that is only a few feet away from such properties and allow the residents to suffer for it.
The last thing the council are worried about is the local population,


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[quote][p][bold]kturner[/bold] wrote: The council should certainly not allow there to be another bar there, theyve had enough complaints to prove that it causes a huge nuisance to residents. The venue lies in a conservation area wherein many listed properties cannot modifed and are so old that they simply cannot withstand the noise that such an establishment inevitably creates... if you want to conserve the areas heritage, don't grant a late music licence to a venue that is only a few feet away from such properties and allow the residents to suffer for it.[/p][/quote]The last thing the council are worried about is the local population, . rayleigh123
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6:47pm Wed 5 Feb 14

teldeb says...

There most certainly have been complaints, both to the site and to the Licensing Officer...as I made them. And I know of other residents who have also made complaints. GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT BEFORE GOING TO PRINT
There most certainly have been complaints, both to the site and to the Licensing Officer...as I made them. And I know of other residents who have also made complaints. GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT BEFORE GOING TO PRINT teldeb
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