Orford pub landlord loses battle to keep his job

Mark Moran at the pub

Mark Moran at the pub

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A PUB landlord has lost his battle to stay at a popular pub in Orford after he was evicted by Brewery bosses.
Mark Moran was in charge of the Blackburne Arms, Orford Green, for 18 months as leaseholder.
As revealed in the Warrington Guardian, it is owned by Enterprise Inns, which has issued eviction proceedings to leave by September 8.
Mr Moran, aged 40, and his family have now left the pub. It is currently closed.
A charity day supposed to take place there on Saturday was moved over the dispute.
Mr Moran said: “We sunk £120,000 into the business to turn the pub around from what once was a troubled public house, to the family orientated pub it was when I first walked in as a customer 31 years ago.
“It has taken us all our investment, our time and effort but in the last two months we believe we have reached our goal of turning the place into what it once was.
“I feel devastated this pub company is allowed to do what they want, and play with people’s lives.
“They have always said we did not make enough money, but it was me who was losing money, not them.”
A spokesman for Enterprise Inns said: “We have been left with no option but to seek possession of the Blackburne Arms and the eviction of Mr Moran via the court.
“This follows a long period of discussions and independent business advice relating to the running of the pub as a long term sustainable business.
“With regards to the charity event which was to take place last Saturday, we made provisions for the designated premises supervisor to be present at the Blackburne Arms so that the event could take place.
“However, when this was confirmed, the representative from the charity informed us that they had selected an alternative venue.”
A petition and Facebook campaign had been started by regulars at the pub, which Mr Moran said made its first profit of £600 in June.
However, eviction proceedings were issued on July 4, with the junior football coach saying he was given four days to leave.
Although eviction was initially resisted, Mr Moran has now admitted defeat, but he intends to make a legal claim for losses.
“I’m out of work and bankrupt,” he added.
 

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12:59pm Thu 28 Aug 14

tojahejome says...

This is an old age story. A large pub owning change take on a landlord and when they seem to be turning the pub around, they either evict or start putting the rents up. You can look at a number of pubs in Warrington where this has happened.
This is an old age story. A large pub owning change take on a landlord and when they seem to be turning the pub around, they either evict or start putting the rents up. You can look at a number of pubs in Warrington where this has happened. tojahejome
  • Score: 29

1:43pm Thu 28 Aug 14

gordon holt says...

to be honest if that had been me I would have torched the place as I left, but then again that would have done the brewery a favour so they could demolish the building
to be honest if that had been me I would have torched the place as I left, but then again that would have done the brewery a favour so they could demolish the building gordon holt
  • Score: -3

4:00pm Thu 28 Aug 14

MrBenggo says...

Little wonder so many licensed premises are standing empty when a dedicated landlord who has put a fortune into the business is treated in this manner.
The best of luck to you Mark,it's the brewery's loss you departing.
Little wonder so many licensed premises are standing empty when a dedicated landlord who has put a fortune into the business is treated in this manner. The best of luck to you Mark,it's the brewery's loss you departing. MrBenggo
  • Score: 22

10:17pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Frank_s says...

Why do people and the article quote "the brewery" this has nothing to do with any brewery! This is a pub company not a brewery, the labour government and Margaret Beckett gave pub company's this power which resulted in brewery closures all over the UK and the total squeeze on honest landlords such as Mark.
We need to support our local pubs and breweries!
Why do people and the article quote "the brewery" this has nothing to do with any brewery! This is a pub company not a brewery, the labour government and Margaret Beckett gave pub company's this power which resulted in brewery closures all over the UK and the total squeeze on honest landlords such as Mark. We need to support our local pubs and breweries! Frank_s
  • Score: 3

1:35am Sat 30 Aug 14

Lesdelooze says...

It's nothing the landlord has done . The brewery was pressuring to do food in a premises that was not suitable and a area that is already surrounded by carverys and fast food . It's been tried before and failed with a loss and a waste of time
It's nothing the landlord has done . The brewery was pressuring to do food in a premises that was not suitable and a area that is already surrounded by carverys and fast food . It's been tried before and failed with a loss and a waste of time Lesdelooze
  • Score: -1

4:42pm Sat 30 Aug 14

MrBenggo says...

Frank_s wrote:
Why do people and the article quote "the brewery" this has nothing to do with any brewery! This is a pub company not a brewery, the labour government and Margaret Beckett gave pub company's this power which resulted in brewery closures all over the UK and the total squeeze on honest landlords such as Mark.
We need to support our local pubs and breweries!
We stand corrected Frank s.
[quote][p][bold]Frank_s[/bold] wrote: Why do people and the article quote "the brewery" this has nothing to do with any brewery! This is a pub company not a brewery, the labour government and Margaret Beckett gave pub company's this power which resulted in brewery closures all over the UK and the total squeeze on honest landlords such as Mark. We need to support our local pubs and breweries![/p][/quote]We stand corrected Frank s. MrBenggo
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