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Residents back threatened Penge pub

The Golden Lion pub is under threat

The Golden Lion pub is under threat

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Accusations of fights, loud music and anti-social behaviour at a pub have been strongly denied by residents and the landlady.

The Golden Lion in Maple Road, Penge is under threat after somebody contacted Bromley council to say it was causing a public nuisance.

The council is now reviewing the licence which it has the power to revoke when it meets on May 31.

However 163 people have written in support of their local while just four have contacted the council in support of the review.

Mother-of-two Michelle Thornton, who lives opposite the pub in Roberts Court said: “Our family love this pub and regularly visit to have a drink and a nice meal. I have never witnessed such good service from a pub before and it would be a great loss if it were to go.”

James Mercer, who rents property next door the Golden Lion, added: “Thelma the landlady is a considerate and friendly person who has gone out of her way to make us feel welcome. She has gone to the trouble of letting us know whenever the pub plans to have a party and she constantly asks us if the music is too loud, which it never is.”

Some 148 people have signed a petition which states: “The Golden Lion is under threat of closure by the local council due to unfounded and malicious allegations by some local residents of causing a noise nuisance.”

But resident Penelope Nairn, of Challin Street, said: “I have consistently been disturbed late at night. This generally consists of patrons talking, shouting, running their car motors and playing loud music on their car stereos.”

Landlady Thelma Berry has run the pub for five-and-a half years. She said: “I am worried about the review but I know I have a lot of support from the community. This is a very diverse pub where people can come in and talk in a relaxed atmosphere.”

The review will take place at 10am the Civic Centre in Stockwell Close, Bromley, on May 31.


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