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Decision day nears for micro pub plan
4:00pm Wednesday 14th August 2013 in News
Wiltshire councillors will soon determine whether to grant a premises licence for a proposed micro pub to open in Devizes.
It is proposed to open The Vaults in the former Lignum antiques shop in St John’s Street and would serve real ale and ciders and would close at 9.30pm.
But after a petition signed by 61 people and an objection by the next-door neighbours, Wiltshire Council will meet at 10am on Tuesday to decide on the premises licence application by The Pop Up Pub Company.
Pub company directors Malcolm Shipp, of Sells Green, and Chaz Hobden, brewer at Wessex Brewery at Longbridge Deverill, have since amended their plan and are no longer seeking to play recorded or live music at the venue.
They are seeking permission to show films and sell alcohol on and off the premises from 11am to 9pm Monday to Saturday and noon to 9pm on Sundays.
In the application Mr Shipp said the venue would showcase the best in traditional ales and ciders, mostly from locally produced small brewers.
He said: “The style of the business will not attract heavy drinking trade. We will be installing full CCTV to cover all areas.”
The petition against the pub was organised by St John’s Churchyard resident Shirley Wright, 84, who told the Gazette she had experienced anti-social behaviour from drinkers.
She fears having another licensed premises in the area would increase bad behaviour.
The council will meet at the Wessex Room in the Corn Exchange, Devizes.
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