Buckden landlord tells of pub threat

A BUCKDEN pub landlord claims he could go out of business after councillors cut the pub’s opening hours.

A BUCKDEN pub landlord claims he could go out of business after councillors cut the pub’s opening hours.

Terry Page, who runs the Vine in the �village’s High Street, believes a licensing hearing last month was stacked against him.

In spite of his assurances and support from customers and others, Huntingdonshire �District Council’s licensing panel decided to restrict the pub’s late-night opening.

Instead of being able to sell drink and play music until 1.30am and remain open until 2am, the Vine must now stop selling and turn off the music by 11pm and be clear of customers by 11.30pm.

Mr Page said. “I made most of my money at weekends between 10pm and 12.30am, and I’ve noticed the difference already. I have a valuer coming in this week. We can’t really live with the new arrangements.”

Mr Page said he would be talking to a solicitor about a possible appeal to Huntingdon Magistrates’ Court.

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“What was said at the licensing hearing was fabricated. It was like them versus me,” he said.

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