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Petitioning ERYC Licencing & Punch Taverns

ERYC Licensing & Punch Taverns: Don't restrict The Plough Inn's regulated entertainment to 11.30pm

Snaith’s nightlife has always been great and varied, from live singers, to discos, karaoke & bands. Snaith is about to lose one of these venues due to licensing restrictions.

Punch Taverns (the Plough’s owners) have decided to alter the premises licence, following complaints by the Police & local residents, against the previous operator of the Plough. This affects ANY new operator/manager going in.


Applications to vary an existing premises licence/club premises certificate

The Plough Inn, Shearburn Terrace, Snaith DN14 9JJ


Applied to vary: Premises opening hours to Monday - Thursday 11.00-00.30 Friday and Saturday 11.00-01.30, Sunday 10.00-00.00

Sale of alcohol: Monday - Thursday 11.00-00.00 Friday and Saturday 11.00-01.00, Sunday 10.00-23.30.

Late Night Refreshment: Monday - Thursday 23.00-00.30 Friday and Saturday 23.00-01.30, Sunday 23.00-00.00

Live Music/Recorded Music/Any similar regulated entertainment: 11.00-23.30 each day.

Any comments/representations must be received by the Licensing Authority by 7 October 2013.


This means that the Plough will lose its late licence to serve alcohol on a Saturday (currently 2pm) bringing it in line with the other pubs (1am)

 But more important to Snaith’s nightlife, the Plough Inn is about to lose the ability to provide ANY regulated entertainment after 11.30pm ANY night of the week.


What is regulated entertainment?

Regulated entertainment is defined on the ERYC website as:

Performance of a play

Exhibition or a film

Indoor sporting events

Boxing or wrestling (indoor or outdoor)

Performance or live music

Playing of recorded music, above background level. Not live television or radio

Performance of dance

Entertainment of a similar description.


This means NO disco, NO karaoke, NO singers, NO live acts or bands !!


The Plough Inn has provided Snaith with regulated entertainment since the Licencing act came in to force in 2005, and many years prior to this. For over 20 years the residents & visitors to Snaith have enjoyed many local artists & events. Managed properly, this has been a great small venue, with strong community ties.

This meant that people of ALL ages were content to stay in Snaith on a night out, as there were many establishments to visit, each providing different attractions, from live bands, to discos. It is a fact that people do not start a night out early anymore, and if Snaith can’t provide a late attraction, people will simply have to go elsewhere. Why should people feel that they have been pushed out of their home town to enjoy a night out ?


This could lead to the following:

Pubs closing as they do not have the trade to survive.

Food establishments not having the same footfall.

Young people are suddenly out of a ‘safe’ area, where they know each other.

Traveling costs are increased, along with the possibility of drink-driving.

Snaith loses its town feeling, and becomes another sleepy village.

Snaith could be about lose its great community appeal. People socialize with friends they went to school with. Landlords know families & customers parents, and who to call upon if there is a problem.

We believe that The Plough could still work effectively. Over the last 18 months it has slipped in the wrong direction, but with the correct manager in, it could be a complete community venue once again. All the other pubs have regulated entertainment until 1am Friday & Saturday, why should one pub be different ?

The Plough Inn is currently being run by a temporary management company, who have no interest in the greater picture.  Hopefully Punch Taverns will find a new operator with the interests of Snaith at heart. We feel it UNFAIR that any such operator should not have the opportunity, to be able to offer the people of Snaith, regulated entertainment after 11.30 pm. 

We do not have long to get this petition signed, as representations must be received by the Licensing Authority by 7 October 2013. So, please share this, and don’t forget to sign at the top !

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