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A LICENSE CANCELLED.
George Haines, licensee of the Welsh Harp Hotel, Packenham-street, applied for the renewal of the wine and beer license held by him in respect of the above-named premises. Inspector Back objected to the renewal of the license on the ground that the premises were in a dilapidated condition and not fit to possess a license. Mr. Kidson, on behalf of the applicant, pointed out that the premises were held by Haines under a lease fromthe Stanley Brewery. This lease would not expire for three years, and counsel contended that great injustice would he done to the applicant if his license was taken away. There were other hotels in Fremantle in a far worse condition than the Welsh Harp, and Mr. Kidson considered the police were acting most unfairly in singling out his client's premises and allowing others equally as bad to have their licenses renewed without making any objection. Mr. Fairbairn, in announcing the decision of the Bench, said that at the last annual sitting the applicant was informed that unless something was done to improve his premises before the next sitting, the Court would probably refuse to grant a renewal. An inspection of the premises had been made and it was found that nothing had been done in the way of improving the hotel and the Bench therefore refused to renew the license. The house had been licensed for a good many years and if the premises were re-built the Bench would, doubtless, view favourably a fresh application. Western Mail, Friday 10 December 1897, p. 35, 51.
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