Publican objects to bar’s smoking area

A Portlaoise publican has objected to a fellow publican’s application to retain an outdoor smoking area at his premises on the town’s Main Street.

A Portlaoise publican has objected to a fellow publican’s application to retain an outdoor smoking area at his premises on the town’s Main Street.

Mr Grellan Delaney has made a submission to Laois County Council, objecting to an application made by Silver Inn Limited in relation to de Bruns Bar.

Company directors of Silver Inn Limited, Mr Edward Brady and Mr David Power, have applied to erect new signs on the shop front and rear entrance gates of de Bruns at no. 81 Main Street, a premises which was previously known as The Cloisters Bar.

As part of their application, Mr Brady and Mr Power have also applied to retain “minor changes” to the rear of the bar, including the change of use from a store to a new bar area, an existing canopy over the outdoor smoking area and a new concrete yard and wall to the rear of the premises.

Mr Grellan Delaney, through his agent, Mr John Delaney, has objected to the retention of the outdoor area, which adjoins his property. In his submission, he points out that Silver Inn Limited’s original application for the work was withdrawn back in November 2011 and the county council required the removal of the entire development.

In March 2012, Mr Delaney wrote to the council expressing concern at the lack of any progress on the removal of the development.

In August this year, Mr Delaney again contacted the council, claiming the applicants “show little or no desire to comply with the removal of the original development as required by the council”.

He said that “significant parts of the structure are still in situ”, with the roof that was erected “resting on the party wall… with surface water from the roof discharging onto Mr Delaney’s property”.

Laois County Council have now requested further information from Silver Inn Limited. The council say they were unable to access the site on the day of inspection and the company must make the site accessible. The company must submit revised plans detailing all features and proposed signs, and they must also address Mr Delaney’s concerns. The council also point out that de Bruns may be within the curtilage of a protected structure, the old penal church.