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The annual Licensing Meeting for the Borough of Ashburton, was held at the Resident Magistrate’s Court to-day, before Messrs Winter (Chairman), Bullock, Saunders, Alcorn, and Grigg. The first application dealt with was that of Mr S. Brown, for a renewal of the license of the Central Hotel. The police reported the house as “ badly conducted.” —Sergeant Felton said he would offer no objection to the application, as ho understood the house had changed hands, having been sold to Mr John Beecher, who would probably ask fora transfer. After some whispered discussion amongst the Commissioners, Mr Branson remarked that he had just been instructed by Mr Beecher to apply for him for a transfer. He saw the difficvlty the Bench had to contend with. Of course if Brown’s application was refused, then Beecher’s application could not be granted. Under these circumstances, he would point out to the Bench that the Act specially provided for such a case as that before them, for it provided that when an applicantwas refused on account of personal objection, the application could be adjourned for not. less than 21 or more than 30 days. —The Bench expressed some dissatisfac tion at the idea of an adjourned sitting, and Mr Grigg said he had come about seventeen miles that day to attend the Court, and was it reasonable to ask the Commissioners to inconvenience themby assembling again. Besides, Mr Beecher had had plenty of time to look into the Act and lodge his application in time.— Mr Branson pointed out the hardship that would result, not only to Mr Beecher, hut to Messrs Vincent and Company, who had granted a lease of the premises to Mr Beecher, if the Bench refused the adjournment asked for. He submitted that the Committee had no right to consider this as a matter of “convenience.” They were elected by the ratepayers as an honor. —After some discussion amongst themselves, the Chairman of Committee said that Brown’s application for a renewal would be refused, and his license suspended until the 28th, in order to allow Mr Beecher to lodge another application, the house would, of course, be closed in the meantime.

Butler’s Family Hotel.—There were no objections on the part of the police, and the renewal was granted on the application of Mr Crisp. Somerset Hotel.—The only objection raised by the police was the state of the closets and some other minor matters The renewal was granted conditionally on the things mentioned by the police being attended to, and also on the understanding that the door opening on East street, at the side of the house, and communicating with the private bar next the dining-room which the Committee held would require a special application to be made to them if it was to be kept open, should be closed.—Mr Crisp appeared for the applicant. Ashburton Hotel.—Mr Branson made an application for renewal on behalf of Mr McKenzie. The police had no objection to offer, but suggested that a second staircase should be erected at the house, in case of fire. —Mr Branson said that, acting on the suggestion of the sergeant of police, the second staircase was about to be erected. The application was granted. Commercial Hotel. —Mr Branson applied, for Mr Quill, for a renewal. There was no objection, and the application was granted. Railway Refreshment Rooms. Mr Branson applied for a renewal of the license for these premises, now in Mr Quill’s occupation.—Granted on the conditions of lease.

Royal Hotel.—An application for renewal made by Mr Power was granted. These were all the applications in connection with licensing. Mr Branson then made an application to the Bench on behalf of Messrs Quill and McKenzie, asking that the committee would not compel them to close their houses at 10 p. m., but allow them to continue as at present. The lighting of the lamps outside the hotels, he (Mr Branson) would ask should not be enforced.

Mr Crisp made a similar application on behalf of Mr Hill and Mrs Butler.

Sergeant Felton opposed the application for an extension hours, but did not object to the lamps being unlit. The Bench decided the houses must be closed at 10 p. m., and that the lights must be retained. The Court then rose.

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LICENSING MEETING., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 655, 6 June 1882

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LICENSING MEETING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 655, 6 June 1882

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