Landlord loses appeal over safety rules

A LANDLORD has lost his appeal to overturn tougher licensing conditions introduced following safety concerns at his market town pub.Collin Dagnall, of The Cross, Woodbridge, was at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court yesterday to appeal against restrictions imposed by Suffolk Coastal District Council following an inspection earlier this year.

A LANDLORD has lost his appeal to overturn tougher licensing conditions introduced following safety concerns at his market town pub.

Collin Dagnall, of The Cross, Woodbridge, was at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court yesterday to appeal against restrictions imposed by Suffolk Coastal District Council following an inspection earlier this year.

Licensing bosses set three new conditions in August after they told of concerns regarding public safety at the premises, on the corner of The Thoroughfare and Church Street.

Mr Dagnall was told that from October he must have two trained door supervisors to control the numbers entering the pub on Friday and Saturday nights, Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve or when there is a pre-planned event.

It was also agreed no new customers should be allowed in the pub after 11pm on Friday and Saturday nights and a series of monthly checks should be carried out to monitor health and safety issues.

Mr Dagnall was appealing against the first two conditions, which restricted the number of customers to no more than 60 at any one time.

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But yesterday magistrates at Ipswich overturned his appeal and ordered him to pay £500 towards costs.

Last night Mr Dagnall said he would now have to consider selling his pub because the conditions did not make it financially viable.

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