A Burnham-On-Sea landlord has been refused a licence for a pub in the town amid concerns from the police.

Joseph Carrigan applied to Sedgemoor District Council to transfer the premises licence for The Old Pier Tavern in Burnham’s Pier Street into his name, as well as making him the designated premises supervisor.

But Avon and Somerset Police has objected to the proposed changes and raised concerns about Mr Carrigan’s ability to run the pub within the terms of the licence.

Sedgemoor District Council’s licensing and gambling panel met in Bridgwater last week and ruled that Mr Carrigan should not be granted a licence for the pub, pictured here.

Under the Licensing Act 2003, the police can notify the licensing authority if they deem that there are “exceptional circumstances” why a licence should not be granted – such as if it would “undermine the crime prevention objective.”

The police claimed that the application for The Old Pier Tavern met these criteria and the panel agreed.

Publicly-released minutes from the council’s meeting state that a Police licensing officer had visited the premises on three occasions – July 24th, August 9th and September 25th – before the hearing.

Pictured: Burnham’s Old Pier Tavern in Pier Street and, above, a message on the front door of the pub on Monday evening