ELEVEN conditions are to be imposed on a troubled pub which residents say has made their lives a misery for years.
The Shoulder of Mutton in Lee Green, Mirfield, has been the subject of numerous allegations including racial abuse, violence and unbearable noise dating back to 2006.
Now a Kirklees Council licensing panel has demanded action following a hearing at Huddersfield Town Hall.
Members were presented with a report which included the following despairing letter from one unnamed resident.
He wrote: “We have had eight years of nothing but misery and our lives disrupted due to the above.
“The following is a catalogue of events we have endured:
Every weekend loud discos, karaoke and live bands.
Boy racers in the car park with music blaring from their vehicles.
People urinating outside the pub, often in broad daylight.
Screaming, shouting, swearing and fighting until the early hours of the morning.
Litter and broken glasses and bottles on pavements and road and thrown into surrounding properties.
But the panel heard evidence from Jody Cobb who lives close to the pub and who gave a very different account.
He said: “It’s not flawless but most pubs are not. I would like to show my support for a landlord (Dave Whattam) who is doing a decent job.”
And in a letter, Peter Dawson, of Westroyd Avenue, said: “Having lived at this address for near on 20 years I can honestly say that I have not been troubled with noise or bad behaviour from The Shoulder of Mutton.”
A police report for the meeting said as recently as September 15 officers had been called to the pub following a fight in the car park.
When they arrived they found two men injured, including one who had been knocked unconscious.
And less than a week later an Asian taxi driver had been racially abused and punched in the face.
John Coen, representing Punch Taverns, admitted that the “premises needs to be a better neighbour” and said there had been “a lack of continuity” in its management with a high degree of staff turnover.
But he insisted the pub was a “very smart premises.”
And David Rowland, senior partnership development manager, at Punch agreed that the critique of the last few years had “not been great.”
The panel agreed to making 11 conditions following the review of the premises licence.
These included the installation of CCTV, no drinks to be consumed outside the premises after 9.30pm and further attempts to control noise pollution.