Anti- social behaviour and its associated problems dispayed by a small proportian of normal customers concerns Licensees, managers, staff and fellow cutomers alike. It was decided that the publicans of Broxburn and Uphall meet with police representatives to combat this hooligan element in their midst. And so Broxburn and Uphall Pubwatch was formed.
After a few years of successfully dealing with incidents of anti social elements in the town who cause trouble, the publicans and clubs of Winchburgh and a small village, The Newton joined forces with Broxburn and Uphall Pubwatch further strenghtening the existing scheme. No longer where those banned by the Pubwatch able to drink in the neighbouring village of Winchburgh, and likewise those banned in Winchburgh were no longer able to take the bus into Broxburn to drink quite freely there. The publicans are united in banning people from their premises if a person has been added to the offenders list by a fellow member pub or club. When those who try to visit a pub incognito whilst on a ban are reconised albeit it after a few visits the original ban is extended by 25% for each visit they have made whilst banned.
Whilst anyone visiting our member pubs and clubs who
Assualts a member of staff
Assualts a fellow customer
Peddles or takes drugs
Uses anti- social behaviour
Willfully causes damage to property
then they will be banned for a period commensurate with our fair sentence policy
where first offenders will normall recieve a lesser sentence depending upon the severity of the offence. Habitial offenders receive a greater sentence.Though members of Lothians and Borders Police and occasionally also members of their licensing department are normally present at our monthly meetings, this is in an advisory role with the Pubwatch members making their own decisions as per their adopted guidelines where the final decisions are made with the evidence as presented at the monthly meetings. Where it has been found in hindsight that initially the proper decision has not been made every effort is taken to re- address the situation at the following monthly meeting which take place at different venues the first tuesday of every month.
Once an offender has their name added to the list then they must write at the end of their sentence to ask to have their name removed. The members of the Pubwatch will then consider every appeal on its merits, and if the offender has behaved during the sentencing period their name is normally removed at this stage. However when damage to property and or pub/ club fittings has occurred during an incident involving the offender then a compensation order is usually applied where the costs incurrred by the licenced establishment are reimburssed by the offender. If the offender pays the monies due and has behaved during ths sentencing period then their names are usually removed from the offenders list accordingly. Though if the offender chooses not to pay the monies due then they stay on the offenders list untill it is paid in full.