Penwortham pub is closed after licence oversight

Pear Tree pub in Leyland Road, Penwortham
Pear Tree pub in Leyland Road, Penwortham
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A pub has been closed down after mistakenly trading without a licence for months.

The Pear Tree in Leyland Road, Penwortham, had its licence dealt with by a outside company, but when that company dissolved in July, the licence ceased.

When South Ribble Council were made aware of the issue on Thursday, they acted to shut the pub.

Now a new licence application has been submitted, and the council is working to help staff open under a series of temporary licences. It is hoped that some arrangement can be sorted out in time for the Penwortham bonfire and firework display tomorrow night, happening on the nearby Pear Tree Park.

Coun Phil Smith, South Ribble Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for Regeneration, Leisure and Healthy Communities said: “The Pear Tree’s licence automatically expired in July after the company that held the premises licence was dissolved. A new application has now been received which will be considered after the statutory 28 day consultation period.”

Over the weekend the pub was closed, with curtains drawn, and a several licence application notices in the windows.

Nobody from the pub was available to comment.