Pub promotes enjoyable and safe drinking

PUBLISHED: 13:04 04 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:48 10 May 2010

The Victory Pub on Little Walden Road receives its award

The Victory Pub on Little Walden Road receives its award

A PUB celebrated becoming the first licensed premises in Uttlesford to be accredited under a new scheme that promotes enjoyable and safe drinking. The Victory Pub on Little Walden Road, Saffron Walden, was the first pub in the area to be recognised under

A PUB celebrated becoming the first licensed premises in Uttlesford to be accredited under a new scheme that promotes enjoyable and safe drinking.

The Victory Pub on Little Walden Road, Saffron Walden, was the first pub in the area to be recognised under the Safer Bars Initiative - a joint venture from Uttlesford District Council (UDC) and Essex Police that was launched in November.

At the presentation on Monday, Landlady Karen Evans said: "We are delighted to become the first pub in Essex to be accredited by the scheme this year. We have worked hard to show that we have met the criteria to become a safer bar.

"The scheme is a great idea because it lets customers know that we are responsible publicans and they are drinking in a safe environment.

"There has been a lot in the press about the negative side of drinking and the demonization of alcohol, but this scheme helps to show the benefits of pubs in the community and will hopefully boost trade."

Uttlesford is one of the safest districts in one of the safest counties in the country and the scheme will help to keep it that way.

UDC licensing officer Murray Hardy said: "This has really started the ball rolling and there are a number of other establishments in the area which will go down the same route as The Victory.

"The initiative has real potential to increase trade for licensed premises - and not just pubs, but clubs, restaurants and anywhere else with a license to serve alcohol as well."

The scheme operates by issuing a star rating (maximum five) to participating licensed premises with the licensees meeting a number of requirements. They must prove that they have competency in a number of areas including health and hygiene, fire safety, conflict resolution and staff training.

Uttlesford District Commander Chf Insp Joe Wrigley presented a plaque to The Victory landlords Karen and Sean Evans, which they have proudly displayed in their bar.

Mr Wrigley said: "Eventually people will look for the accreditation as a sign of a safe, responsible venue, with staff that care and choose to drink there."

There is no fee to participate in the voluntary scheme and it is open to any licensed premises in Uttlesford. Mr Hardy is encouraging more establishments to sign up and anyone who would like more information can call him on 01799 510598.

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