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Tuesday, 01 April 2014 (3050419)
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by Tom Martin

A TROUBLED pub in Netherton that was closed down due to violence will re-open despite the protests of nearby residents.

Old Roan, on Copy Lane, was shut by police last August following reports of a mass brawl and six people were later arrested.

It led to speculation that it could be closed indefinitely but Sefton Council held a meeting on Monday, April 7 after owners Enterprise Inns applied to re-open it once more.

And although angry homeowners objected to the proposal – with four writing letters to the council to officially complain – they have been met with disappointment.

One of the concerned residents said: “Since the pub has been shut, it has been exceptionally quite and peaceful. It has returned this area to what it was before the pub ruined our peace. It took many months of monitoring, phone calls, visits to the pub and eventually complaints to the council before we finally got this nightmare to end”.

Another said: “This is a residential area with many small children and elderly people who have chosen to live in the Old Roan area because it is a quite, friendly residential area.”

A particular point of protest was the fact that the pub will open until midnight on Sunday-Thursday and 12.30am on Friday-Saturday.

But news that the Old Roan will re-open will delight local customers who have campaigned and even created a petition to urge the council to act on their behalf.

The petition gained 616 supporters and creator Iain Yell said: “We feel that it was grossly unfair that our pub was taken away from us by the actions of a small minority of idiots and thugs. The pub has championed local musicians and bands, raised thousands of pounds for local and national charities, provided family friendly activities and brought people together both young and old, forging new friendships”.

But Merseyside Police have ordered that the pub abides by certain rules that includes hiring bouncers and CCTV that must be made available to officers.


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