A PUB that was labelled a ‘danger to public health’ and split a community has had a change to its licence refused by the city council.

The owners of the Isis Farmhouse, in Iffley, wanted to change its licence to include a larger area for events.

But police, the city council and many Iffley residents were opposed to the conditions.

The chairwoman of the city council’s licensing sub-committee Mary Clarkson said her panel had turned it down over fears about how some events might be run.

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In a long, ill-tempered meeting at Oxford Town Hall, the city council’s chamber was filled with supporters and opponents of the pub.

It appeared one side of it was in support while the other was opposed.

The public gallery was opened to accommodate the number of people who wanted to attend – far more than normal for a licensing committee. They usually attract a couple of members of the public, if that.

Ms Clarkson said: “We’ve considered all the evidence and we have decided not to grant the licence for two main reasons.

“Firstly, based on the evidence from the police – that the granting of this application as it stands would mean the repetition of events that would undermine the licensing objectives.

“Secondly, because of the licence holders’ ability to manage large scale events and their dispersal.

“I would remind them they do have 21 days to appeal to the magistrates against this decision.”

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In total, the city council received 51 responses opposed to the pub changing its licence. Another 14 people wrote to the authority in support.

An application to review the pub’s licence is pencilled in for next month, some of the opponents to the licence changes said.

They complained about ‘Glastonbury-type’ events at the pub and ‘unacceptable events in a village setting’.

But its co-owner Adrian Burns said: “Because we’re musicians we do put on musical events but there seems to be misunderstanding about [them].

“We don’t have amplified music outside. I know that was included in the application but it’s been withdrawn.”

He said: “We were quite alarmed by the representations that referred to the noise disturbance to residents.”