Fenland's licensing committee discusses calls for four week adjournment on licence review of Angel Inn
A licensing committee hearing to determine allegations of covid-19 breaches by a local pub has been temporarily adjourned by members decide whether it should be postponed.
Fenland's licensing committee, chaired by Councillor Michael Humphrey, is meeting via Zoom to review the premises licence of the Angel Inn in Wisbech, which is run by the town's mayor Aigars Balsevics, at the request of the council's environmental health officers.
Allegations include a raft of alleged breaches of the covid-19 rules on Christmas Eve from customers mingling, hugging, kissing and even play wrestling, to helping themselves to drinks from behind the bar.
David Dadds, acting on behalf of Mr Balsevics, and Elgood's Brewery, which owns the pub in Alexandra Road, has called for a four week adjournment claiming he has not had time to consider CCTV footage captured on the evening and which is being considered as part of the evidence.
In making his application for the postponement of the hearing Mr Dadds said he had only received the footage on March 5 and had not had time to properly go through it with Mr Aigars.
He also said he had not been able to contact witnesses because of the current situation, and also claimed the hearing itself should be held in private to mitigate a potential contempt of court should legal proceedings be brought in the future.
Coun Humphrey said he believed Mr Dadds had had enough time to consider the CCTV and said discussion of whether it would be shown at today's hearing would be had later when the advice of the council's officers would be made public.
However, Mr Dadds demanded councillors retire to discuss his application so they could provide a "proper written answer" explaining their reasons for deciding to proceed with the hearing.
He also said Coun Humphrey had failed to address concerns about a possible contempt of court should the hearing be done in public.
As a result the committee has adjourned to discuss the application the 140 people watching today's proceedings are currently waiting the outcome of their deliberations.
The hearing can be found on Fenland's Youtube channel.