Councillor blasts Swinton pub over application

Councillor John Doyle pictured by the blocked-off entrance to Creighton Woods, Swinton. Picture: Marie Caley
Councillor John Doyle pictured by the blocked-off entrance to Creighton Woods, Swinton. Picture: Marie Caley

A Swinton bar is at the centre of a row over proposed late night drinking.

Nautical Decades pub boss, Brett Jones, applied for a 1am to 2am opening hours extension on Fridays and Saturdays and on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day and Bank Holidays,.

But he claimed Swinton ward Coun John Doyle had objected despite the plans getting approval from South Yorkshire Police and Rotherham Council’s Environmental Health Department.

Coun Doyle, who is also a member of the licensing committee, said there had been “historical failings” at the bar, which he claimed had a “bad reputation.”

Kurina Licensing Consultant’s spokesman, Michael Kheng, who represented the bar at a recent licensing hearing, said he had contacted Coun Doyle on several occasions, but he had refused to discuss a compromise.

Mr Kheng said: “Coun Doyle had walked out of the licensing hearing after being refused an adjournment, as he was waiting for a Freedom of Information Request from South Yorkshire Police. A formal complaint has now been lodged against Coun Doyle.”

Mr Jones added: “This has been going on for far too long.

“There have been no objections from anyone but Coun Doyle”

But Coun Doyle has defended his position on the proposals. He said: “The pub has always had a bad name with lots of anti social behaviour down there. When an application was given to allow the pub to remain open following some trouble there, one of the conditions was Brett Jones was to have nothing to do with the pub yet he is still there an making this application.”