Sheffield landlady blasts licensing for strict rules on struggling pub

Tansy Bagshaw, landlady of the Terminus Tavern, Darnall.
Tansy Bagshaw, landlady of the Terminus Tavern, Darnall.
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A landlady working to turn around a troubled city pub claims she is being ‘victimised’ by the authorities.

Tansy Bagshaw, landlady of the Terminus Tavern, Darnell.

Tansy Bagshaw, landlady of the Terminus Tavern, Darnell.

Tansy Bagshaw claims a string of conditions imposed by Sheffield Council and South Yorkshire Police threaten to put the Terminus Tavern, Darnall out of business.

The watering hole narrowly escaped losing its licence following a string of incidents since 2011 – many of which took place before Ms Bagshaw took over running the establishment.

Sheffield Council’s licensing committee imposed a long list of restrictions – including banning children from the venue after 5pm and plastic glasses in certain areas.

No customers are allowed to stand at the front of the building.

Ms Bagshaw says the strict rules are damaging trade and her efforts to put the pub back at the heart of the community.

The final straw came when an application to lift the youngsters’ curfew for a fundraising family fun day yesterday was refused.

Ms Bagshaw said: “I’m doing everything I can but they seem determined to shut me down.

“When the police came and inspected me I warned them there were workmen doing re-wiring in the family area, then they deemed it unfit for purpose. I am being targeted unfairly, victimised.”

Despite an appeal and contacting Sheffield South East MP Clive Betts, Ms Bagshaw was forced to turn families away from a barbecue and entertainment after a football match for the Help for Heroes charity yesterday.

Now the future of the pub – one of Darnall’s last remaining – is in the balance.

A police spokesman said: “We recommend conditions but it is the council which decides whether to impose them.”