Landlady is thrown out of troubled Herne Bay Park View pub
A CONTROVERSIAL Bay pub and restaurant has been shut and its landlady thrown out after bailiffs moved in.
Troubled Park View Restaurant in Park Road was closed and boarded up after staff from Dean and Company locked up the premises.
Only days earlier the pub and restaurant had been stripped of its licence after councillors, meeting behind closed doors, decided it breached every single licensing regulation.
The council's four-member licensing sub-committee met in secret on Tuesday June 12 to review the premises licence for the former Royal Oak.
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Landlady Judy Wattiez had faced stiff opposition from neighbours last year after applying to serve drinks without food.
Her customers fought back, claiming in a petition with more than 100 names, that it was against their "human rights" not to be able to have a drink.
The licence was granted but with strict conditions on noise.
One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: "There was all sorts going on. I am not surprised the police and the council had enough."
Council spokesman Rob Davies confirmed the council's licensing sub-committee met on June 12 to review the premises licence.
He said: "Members felt all four licensing objectives – prevention of crime and disorder, prevention of public nuisance, public safety and protection of children from harm – had been breached and the licence should be suspended."
The licence will not be reissued until September 11 to give the owners time to carry out changes.
Mr Davies added: "A number of additional conditions, as requested by Kent Police, have also been applied to the licence."
He said: "The hearing was held in private because the evidence relates to a possible prosecution. If any member of the public had attended the police evidence would have been in the public domain and the prosecution may have been prejudiced."
Police spokesman Jon Green said: "Police were called at 10.45pm on Monday to reports that alcohol was being served even though the licence had been suspended. But we found no evidence of alcohol being sold. Officers were told it was a private party."
He added: "We were not involved in any bailiff activity."
The landlady was not available for comment.