Compton Arms retains licence

By Rebecca Weller

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Well deserved: George Orwell's perfect pub the Compton Arms retains licence (Credit: Getty/Henrik Sorensen)
Well deserved: George Orwell's perfect pub the Compton Arms retains licence (Credit: Getty/Henrik Sorensen)

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A London pub favoured by Animal Farm author George Orwell has reportedly retained its licence following complaints from nearby residents claiming the venue posed a health hazard and was a public nuisance.

The Compton Arms​ in Islington was placed on licence review earlier this year after four local households accused the pub of being poorly operated, claiming rubbish had been left piled outside the venue as well as noise complaints.

However, Islington Council yesterday (Wednesday 12 October) permitted the venue, described as the “perfect pub” by Orwell​, to retain its licence.

Well deserved 

As reported in the Islington Citizen, the pub was not found to have breached any noise rules, though the licensing committee added new conditions to its licence, including a noise management and dispersal policy.

Leading messages of congratulations, the Night-Time Industries Association (NTIA) said in a social media post on Twitter today (Thursday 13 October): “Great to hear that the Compton Arms won at the licensing review on all counts last night! Congratulations Nick well deserved! Great work Paddy.”

In a post shared to Facebook prior to the hearing on Tuesday 4 October, the pub stated it had been "totally overwhelmed" by the support leading up to the review.

Compton Arms licensee Nick Stephens, had previously described the complaints as “infuriating and frustrating”, stating the pubs managers “worked their socks off to run the pub considerately and exceptionally”.

Fight for survival 

This comes as earlier this month the NTIA claimed the UK’s night-time economy (NTE) was “under attack” as the escalation of noise complaints​ had become a “real issue” for the sector.

NTIA​ CEO Michael Kill said: “The UK's NTE businesses are under attack, undeservedly in many cases.

“These businesses have weathered over three years of austerity, and now with untenable operating costs, face a fight for survival.

“The escalation of noise complaints across the UK has become a real issue with businesses not only feeling the pressures of current costs and trade, but now the notion their livelihoods could be challenged at any moment.”

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