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Row over people on park after Penwortham pub reopens for takeaway

Written by on June 10, 2020

A Penwortham resident has raised concerns about large gatherings on Middleforth Park which she says began when a local pub started offering takeaway services.

The Pear Tree Inn, on Leyland Road, is open from 3pm to 8pm on weekends for customers to have draught lager, and some food options.

The first opening was on May 28 for take out.

The resident said: “While going out to take the dog out it was like looking at a festival. They were selling beer and people were going across to the park, then sitting there in large groups.

“There was no social distancing. They were there all the time, getting more beer and going back. I called the police and they said they knew about it but they would not be doing anything.”

However, Lancashire Police have said they did attend the incident.

A spokesperson said no offences were being committed, and there were socially distanced groups of six on the park near to the pub.

They added that: “the main pub and car park remains closed with a designated takeaway bar.”

The resident added: “I emailed our local MP, Katherine Fletcher, still no answer.”

“Last weekend I couldn’t get out of the road as cars parked all up the hill and big queues of people past the pub.

“I called the police again and they had the cars moved, not the people.

“This isn’t helping at all.”

However, spokesperson for the pub, Dan Alderson, said the pub has taken moves to enforce social distancing and protect hygiene, and the pub is not responsible for people at the park.

He said: “We sell takeaway in sealed containers.

“We don’t reuse them or refill them.

“We have been open for five hours on weekends – it has been popular with people.

“We don’t seem to have lots of repeat business, as we’re only open for a few hours.

“We have signs up outside saying no more than two people in a queue and social distancing in place.

“People aren’t allowed to consume on the premises.

“We have hand sanitiser on the bar.”

Dan added: “Over the past two weekends people have just been happy to get out.

“We don’t see people that are staying that long.

“There aren’t as many people at the park as there are on Vernon Field.”

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