Local concerns about the re-opening of The Crown

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The Crown Public House has closed; for the moment at least.

In the months before the closure KRA heard from many local residents telling us about the noise, unpleasant and anti-social behaviour, that the Licensee was exceeding the licenced hours for serving alcohol and allowing entertainment, that customers were leaving the premises at all hours of the night and behaving badly and driving dangerously as they left the area and other serious problems that were making the lives of people living near to the premises unbearable. KRA did what we could to support their calls for action.

The previous landlord has been removed; but Enterprise Inns have applied to Woking Borough Council (WBC) for a new ‘grant of Premises Licence’. We have contacted WBC to ask for reassurances that the problems will not be allowed to happen all over again.
But is it causing residents concern, because Enterprise Inns have applied for all the activities and long hours that were part of the problem last time.

Many local people have said they feel that any new landlord should be given a much more restricted licence and have to prove they are responsible before they are given the opportunity to offer entertainment and long opening hours. Because once the licence is given, if the new landlord attracts the same sorts of customers and the old bad habits start again, residents  living on Highclere Road and Court, Latham Court and High Street fear they will have another long drawn out struggle to
have the licence amended or removed. 

We have put a copy of the notice that was posted outside the Crown:
Licensing Act 2003 Notice of Application for a Premises Licence under Section 17.
This shows the details of the type of entertainment and hours of opening that are being applied for.

The Licensing team welcome any comments from residents, traders and other local people who have views on this matter. If you have concerns you can make representations to The Licensing Team, Woking Borough Council, Civic Offices, Woking GU21 6YL or email:  licensing@woking.gov.uk
But act promptly, because your comments need to be received before 2nd December.

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Andy is a business systems and operations consultant for The Business Delicatessen and has helped the KRA over several years. He is former editor of the magazine and also runs Fat Crow Design.

1 Comment

  1. I would like to comment on a couple of items in your article.

    Firstly, you state that Enterprise Inns “have applied for all the activities and long hours that were part of the problem last time” – this is unfact untrue. The last Premises Licence was actually: The supply of alcohol etc. etc. 11.00 to 0.00 on Mondays to Thursdays, 11.00 to 01.00 on Fridays and Saturdays and 11.00 to 0.00 on Sundays. Therefore they have not applied for exactly the same Premises Licence as before.

    Secondly, you state “that customers were leaving the premises at all hours of the night and behaving badly and driving dangerously as they left the area and other serious problems that were making the lives of local people unbearable” Whilst I am not arguing against this comment but just ask that you bear in mind that most, if not all, of these customers are ALSO local people. The impression that the KRA seem to give is that the problem people are from out of the Knaphill area and intent to cause trouble in Knaphill, and this is just not true.

    I’m sure that Enterprise Inns are also VERY aware of the problems caused by lack of a firm hand taken by the previous landlord and will think about this when choosing their next tenant for these premises.

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