AN UNDER-FIRE Oxford pub labelled a ‘danger to public health’ looks set to have an application to change its licence rejected.

The owners of the Isis Farmhouse, Iffley, have been slammed as having ‘little regard for neighbours, licensing law or the conditions of their current premises licence’ by one resident.

The pair has permission to sell alcohol until 1.30am every day – later than most pubs in the city centre – and can hold other events until 2am on some nights.

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However among those who have now officially opposed the bid are Thames Valley Police, with city officers saying Class A drugs were found at a ‘poorly’ run event there in the summer.

Some Iffley residents said the events were quickly changing the nature of the sleepy riverside village with noise late into the night.

Others said they feared drunk people openly urinating in the village and drug paraphernalia and rubbish were linked to the pub.

One complained to the city council following three events at the pub in June that the ‘Glastonbury-type use of the premises is totally inappropriate’.

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During Oxford Psychedelic Society’s OddBall Festival at the pub that month, a police officer noted how drugs seized from some punters had been stored by bouncers in a bottle – but were then taken away by other visitors.

Police did say, however, that other events such as wedding receptions had posed no problems.

A total of 51 responses opposed to the pub being able to change its conditions have now been sent to the city council. Another 14 in favour of the pub being granted permission are included in council documents.

The objections come after a tough summer for the Isis Farmhouse, starting when it received a zero-star hygiene rating – the lowest possible – from the city council in July.

When the pub then first submitted its application to change its licence, neighbours started to object.

The pub's owners, Adrian Burns and Noreen Cullen, said last month it would be closed for three days every week after being ‘completely overwhelmed with demands’ on their time.

An Iffley resident claimed the pub is ‘exponentially’ changing the character of the village – but another said its owners were being ‘smeared’ unfairly.

They said Iffley had a ‘long-standing drug issue’ and any drug paraphernalia would have been unconnected to events at the pub.

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To criticise the way the pub was being run because of mess around the village would be ‘wholly unfair and misleading', they said.

The commented added: “I find references to... hordes of drunken people vomiting and urinating outside people’s homes totally bizarre. I have not witnessed any of this."

They added: “I have never witnessed drug-taking, violence, excessive drunkenness or even a raised voice.”

But many more residents are concerned about the impact the pub has had on the village – with one stating a ‘recovering reveller’ smashed a bottle of beer in front of him.

Another said: “To say [the pub is] a public nuisance does not state the case strongly enough. They are a danger to public health. The people who live close by feel confined to their houses and unable to sleep.”

In some ways, the most scathing assessment of the pub came from other landlords in Iffley.

The couple who run the Prince of Wales pub said they had become ‘fed up’ at having to collect broken glasses, litter and bottles which they claim had been dumped by people who had frequented the Isis Farmhouse.

Steve and Sue Bant said they had to ‘endure undesirable customers’ as a result of the other pub.

Most of them were refused alcohol ‘as they are already drunk or inappropriately dressed,’ they claimed.

Asked if he would like to comment on this story, Isis owner Adrian Burns said: “I don’t find the Oxford Mail particularly helpful. We are a valuable community asset and you’re not supporting us.”

Oxford City Council’s licensing and gambling sub-committee will be asked to decide whether the Isis Farmhouse should be able to change its licence at a meeting on Tuesday night.

Members of public are welcome to attend the meeting at Oxford Town Hall from 6pm.