Newham

Tough new licensing conditions imposed on pub

24 June 2013 in Community safety and Council and democracy
Robust conditions have been imposed on a troubled Stratford pub.
Exterior of King Edward VII pub
Newham Council's licensing sub committee heard earlier this month (June 13) a premises licence review application brought by the police for the King Edward VII pub, Stratford Broadway.

Councillors ordered the introduction of new measures including improved and stringent staff training; an anti-drugs policy, crowd dispersal and door security; an incident register of violent, criminal, drug-related and anti-social behaviour; the installation of cctv cameras and better signs warning about stiff penalties for drug use; and for staff to check toilets regularly.
 
Cllr Ian Corbett, chair of the committee, said after the meeting: "The current situation is utterly unacceptable and these tough new steps are designed to address this robustly and vigorously."

The Sub-Committee was told that the grounds for a review included an incident involving the death of a man in the toilets. There were issues with drug use. The police had done drug swipes in the toilets which tested positive and they suspected it was being used regularly. The police also believed that people had been entering via the entrance to the right of the pub which leads to the back where the toilets are located. This was a blind spot - staff could not see them - which these new measures have addressed.