Troubled pub stays open ...but opening hours cut

Echo: New Mayflower pub  in Billericay – its troubled history means it will now have to obey strict regulations if it is to continue operating New Mayflower pub in Billericay – its troubled history means it will now have to obey strict regulations if it is to continue operating

A PUB which neighbours claim has made their lives a living hell has had its opening hours cut.

Following the trouble, the New Mayflower pub in Jacksons Lane, Billericay, was told to take on a new manager and adhere to strict conditions including having its doors and windows constantly closed and if music is played too loudly, the electricity will be cut off.

The tough measures were put on the pub after police called for a review of its licence.

It came after officers were called to 35 incidents in just two months including violent brawls, underage boozing, suspected robberies, family punch-ups and a child being bitten by a dog.

At a licensing hearing, held at St John’s Church Centre in Outwood Common Road, Billericay, residents living near the pub said their lives had been made a living hell.

They said loud music, from DJs and live bands, playing until the early hours and drunken punters shouting and swearing in the outside smoking area regularly keeps them awake seven nights a week.

John Mason of Jacksons Mews, Billericay, who has lived at his home for 36 years, said: “It would just be nice to have a few peaceful nights.”

Steve Radford of David’s Walk, added: “There are people in the beer garden area every night using vulgar language, which I don’t want to listen to. I would like it to be a family pub.”

Barristers acting for the pub said the landlord Christopher John accepted evidence put forward by police.

He had since installed a new manager, Helen Draper. As well as agreeing to tough conditions the pub offered to pay for an independent sound expert to visit residents’ homes to test sounds levels following the installation of noise limiting equipment. If it exceeds the prescribed volume electricity in the pub shuts down.

But the decision of Basildon Council’s licensing committee to allow the pub to stay open with reduced hours was blasted by Billericay councillor Phil Turner.

Speaking after the meeting he said: “This pub has got off extremely lightly. This just shows a venue can have a litany of felonies carried out there and still keep its licence.”

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6:18pm Tue 13 Mar 12

Gina the weaner says...

This place has, almost from the day it opened (as The Dovecot) been a source of trouble. It is poorly designed for a public house (many areas cannot be properly monitored by staff) and has been run by a succession of unsuitable characters. It's now time to call last orders.
This place has, almost from the day it opened (as The Dovecot) been a source of trouble. It is poorly designed for a public house (many areas cannot be properly monitored by staff) and has been run by a succession of unsuitable characters. It's now time to call last orders. Gina the weaner
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6:26pm Tue 13 Mar 12

billericay boy says...

I'll give it 3 weeks. Not only that now the weather is getting a bit warmer perhaps the kids will put down there beer glasses and go play with the toys outside that are trashed all over the place.
I'll give it 3 weeks. Not only that now the weather is getting a bit warmer perhaps the kids will put down there beer glasses and go play with the toys outside that are trashed all over the place. billericay boy
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6:43pm Tue 13 Mar 12

sayitasitis999 says...

Ive had 3 pubs . Canning town, and 2 in stratford. The managers need a kick up the arze ! If they can keep control with instant banning of idiots, then they dont know how to run a pub.
Ive had 3 pubs . Canning town, and 2 in stratford. The managers need a kick up the arze ! If they can keep control with instant banning of idiots, then they dont know how to run a pub. sayitasitis999
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8:12pm Tue 13 Mar 12

muffindamule says...

That noise limitation equipment sounds rather clever.
That noise limitation equipment sounds rather clever. muffindamule
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9:41pm Tue 13 Mar 12

2020hindsight says...

What is it about "planning permission" and con artists ? The wonderful Webbers Wine Bar turned into Stewarts which was supposed to be a tapas restaurant. It ended up a young person's bar. The Mayflower was billed as a family restaurant with good food. Nope. A youn person's bar. Harry's Bar : a tapas restaurant. Nope - it'll be a young person's bar.

Yes - they make money (well, apart from the Mayflower !) but what Billericay needs is diversity away from the kid's bar/Indian/Chinese/E
state agent/hairdressers that takes up a large percentage of the High Street.
What is it about "planning permission" and con artists ? The wonderful Webbers Wine Bar turned into Stewarts which was supposed to be a tapas restaurant. It ended up a young person's bar. The Mayflower was billed as a family restaurant with good food. Nope. A youn person's bar. Harry's Bar : a tapas restaurant. Nope - it'll be a young person's bar. Yes - they make money (well, apart from the Mayflower !) but what Billericay needs is diversity away from the kid's bar/Indian/Chinese/E state agent/hairdressers that takes up a large percentage of the High Street. 2020hindsight
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10:59am Wed 14 Mar 12

Brunning999 says...

Turn it into a cattle shed.
Turn it into a cattle shed. Brunning999
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11:23am Wed 14 Mar 12

The Soldier in White says...

Brunning999 wrote:
Turn it into a cattle shed.
Not a bad idea but it'll need a good clean up first and even then it would run the risk of contravening The Occupiers Liability Acts and the Welfare of Animals Legislation (1995).
A public toilet would be a better idea then the local residents would not have to suffer having their lawns used as one.
[quote][p][bold]Brunning999[/bold] wrote: Turn it into a cattle shed.[/p][/quote]Not a bad idea but it'll need a good clean up first and even then it would run the risk of contravening The Occupiers Liability Acts and the Welfare of Animals Legislation (1995). A public toilet would be a better idea then the local residents would not have to suffer having their lawns used as one. The Soldier in White
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2:07pm Wed 14 Mar 12

muffindamule says...

The Soldier in White wrote:
Brunning999 wrote:
Turn it into a cattle shed.
Not a bad idea but it'll need a good clean up first and even then it would run the risk of contravening The Occupiers Liability Acts and the Welfare of Animals Legislation (1995).
A public toilet would be a better idea then the local residents would not have to suffer having their lawns used as one.
The new sound reduction equipment would have to be removed otherwise the place would be plunged into darkness every time someone breaks wind. That would be quite an inn convenience.
[quote][p][bold]The Soldier in White[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brunning999[/bold] wrote: Turn it into a cattle shed.[/p][/quote]Not a bad idea but it'll need a good clean up first and even then it would run the risk of contravening The Occupiers Liability Acts and the Welfare of Animals Legislation (1995). A public toilet would be a better idea then the local residents would not have to suffer having their lawns used as one.[/p][/quote]The new sound reduction equipment would have to be removed otherwise the place would be plunged into darkness every time someone breaks wind. That would be quite an inn convenience. muffindamule
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6:21pm Wed 14 Mar 12

The Rothschild Cowgirl says...

The place has always been a disgrace. A meeting place for the over 60s would be of far greater benefit to the local community.
The place has always been a disgrace. A meeting place for the over 60s would be of far greater benefit to the local community. The Rothschild Cowgirl
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11:04pm Fri 6 Apr 12

The Rothschild Cowgirl says...

I hear the place is finally going to be closed down. There will be a lot of happy bunnies around over Easter.
I hear the place is finally going to be closed down. There will be a lot of happy bunnies around over Easter. The Rothschild Cowgirl
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7:36pm Sun 8 Apr 12

Gina the weaner says...

A little bird tells me that there are plans to have a drug rehabilitation centre on the site.
A little bird tells me that there are plans to have a drug rehabilitation centre on the site. Gina the weaner
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