Plymouth pub boss Tam launches new licence appeal
THE boss of Union Street's Clipper Inn has applied to councillors to change the licence conditions they imposed on his pub in April last year.
Tam Macpherson's Plymouth Millbay Ltd company, which runs The Clipper, wants the pub's premises licence varied so the bar only has to use one door supervisor between 4am and closing, Monday to Friday, instead of two.
It is the latest in a string of attempts Mr Macpherson has made to change conditions slapped on the licence by Plymouth City Council's licensing committee following allegations of violence and drunkenness.
The committee discounted all but six incidents, however, and rejected a request by the police licensing department to revoke the pub's licence outright.
But it did order the use of double door supervisors and that Mr Macpherson provide CCTV footage within seven days of any police request, and ensure officers have his mobile and landline numbers.
Mr Macpherson has been unhappy about the decision of what he dismissed as a "kangaroo court".
First he appealed to magistrates, claiming councillors gave undue weight to "flawed" police evidence.
But magistrates rejected the appeal saying the statutory period to launch a renewed appeal had passed.
Mr Macpherson then began an appeal in the civil courts, based on a procedural point, but abandoned it due to the heavy costs involved.
He also unsuccessfully ran as a candidate in November's Police and Crime Commissioner elections in a bid to change the force from the inside.
Mr Macpherson is now asking Plymouth City Council's licensing department to vary the licence.
He said he had fewer than 45 customers post-4am on weekdays and having a second door supervisor is neither necessary or financially viable.
He said the CCTV condition was unworkable and "does not conform with the Data Protection Act and the guidance of the Information Commissioner".
"There was little consideration for what is a small, independent business," he said.
A Plymouth City Council spokesman said the application had been received and would be subject to the normal consultation procedure.
"Members of the public and the usual consultees, such as police, may comment on the application," he said.
"If there are no objections the variations will be made without the need for a committee.
"If there are objections, these will be considered at a licensing committee hearing."
A police spokesman added: "It would be inappropriate to comment at this early juncture."