Concern about Holbeach pub after ‘altercation’ in town

PUBLIC CONCERN: Holbeach Parish Council members have been urged to "keep an eye" on developments at The Chequers Hotel in High Street over claims that a transfer of premises licence is to be submitted.
PUBLIC CONCERN: Holbeach Parish Council members have been urged to "keep an eye" on developments at The Chequers Hotel in High Street over claims that a transfer of premises licence is to be submitted.
  • Parish councillors told to “keep a close eye” on The Chequers Hotel
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Holbeach Parish Council is “keep a close eye” on a town centre pub amid public concern about a disturbance there involving a group of teenagers.

Police are investigating an “altercation” involving a number of teenagers outside The Chequers Hotel in High Street at about 9pm on Friday, November 4.

At a parish council meeting on Monday, it was claimed that three people were injured during the incidents and one report on social media suggested that “bats and fists” were used.

But a Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “There was an altercation between a group of teenagers but there were no serious injuries and enquiries into the matter are ongoing.”

The Chequers Hotel, owned by Mark and Chony Andrews, has been at the centre of complaints about the poor state of the building and disorder outside it.

As a result, a joint operation by police, trading standards and South Holland District Council licensing officers was carried out at the pub in August.

PUB WATCH: Coun Paul Foyster has advised Holbeach Parish Council to keep a close eye on The Chequers Hotel.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

PUB WATCH: Coun Paul Foyster has advised Holbeach Parish Council to keep a close eye on The Chequers Hotel. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Coun Paul Foyster, parish and district councillor for Holbeach Town ward, said: “I spoke to the district council in case something could be done about the (premises) licence.

“But there’s very little that can be done unless there’s significant proof that the disturbance was the fault of the licensees (Mark and Chony Andrews).

“All I can suggest is for parish councillors to keep a close eye on the premises and if we can produce some evidence that the licensees are acting contrary to their conditions, then we can do something.”

A district council spokesman said: “Our licensing department received reports on November 7 about an alleged incident within the vicinity of The Chequers Hotel.

There’s very little that can be done unless there’s significant proof that the disturbance was the fault of the licensees

Coun Paul Foyster, parish and district councillor for Holbeach Town ward

“This information was passed on to Lincolnshire Police who we work closely with in relation to licensing matters.

“We have also recently received an application from the premises to vary the Designated Premises Supervisor and this is currently within a consultation period.

“The police have powers to object to the application, in which case it will be heard by a licensing panel.”

The Spalding Guardian tried to contact Mark and Chony Andrews for a response, but we were told by a business associate of theirs that they were both out of the UK at the time of going to press.