A MOSSLEY pub that had its licence revoked after breaches of Covid-19 guidelines could reopen.
The Billy Goat was closed by Tameside Council licensing chiefs after parties were broken up by police officers.
However, the authority has received a new application from David Fisher to keep the Stamford Street premises as a pub, when they are allowed to reopen.
The request was lodged on Thursday, February 18 and will be heard by the Speakers Panel (Liquor Licensing) committee after a 28-day consultation.
Any links between Mr Fisher and previous occupant Victor Bowers will also be examined and The Correspondent found the latter is listed as a friend on the former’s Facebook profile.
The Billy Goat had its licence revoked after police found a party for about 30 people happening on March 21 last year, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said licensed premises should be closed.
A hearing was told then designated premises supervisor (DPS) Kathleen O’Neil started serving again before officers even reached their car after ordering her to shut on the first time they attended.
The authority’s head of licensing, Michael Robinson, revealed in evidence Mr Bowers and Ms O’Neil told him they ‘did not believe the coronavirus outbreak was as bad as had been reported.’
He also said Mr Bowers told him he thinks coronavirus is: “Just bad flu.”
And when announcing the decision, head of the liquor licensing panel, Cllr Dave Sweeton, said: “There was a serious and flagrant breach of the health protection regulations that came into force on March 21 as The Billy Goat pub was open and trading with a group of approximately 30 people in a very enclosed licensable premises.
“There have been numerous previous incidents of concern and this has to be viewed as the most serious of breaches.”