The Blue Ginger in Bell Street, has been subject to an investigation that could lead to possible temporary or even permanent closure.
The popular Indian restaurant was subject to a police investigation and there is now an application to review its licence on the grounds of “preventing crime and disorder”.
A number of serious incidents
This followed a number of incidents including a visit by 10 officers from the Home Office Immigration Enforcement team and the discovery of an illegal immigrant. There was further investigation into the building and business practices, when on discovering the state of the premises, the police ordered an immediate safety visit. They have now asked Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council to have the licence reviewed and that a number of conditions be attached to the licence. They have also asked that the current designated premises supervisor, who is also involved in a business in Reading, be removed.
Deficiencies and failure to comply with regulations
Safety deficiencies have also been recorded by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and there have been visits by officers of the Housing of Multiple Occupancy team who had issued a Prohibition Order. Environmental Health also took action after concerns over food hygiene and there have also been reports of the supply of alcohol to under-age drinkers.
These issues have been taking place over a number of years.
The Blue Ginger is the only non-public house restaurant in the town, having previously been the Old Brewery Inn. It became well known for high quality ethnic food as well as for introducing cabaret-style ‘Elvis Nights’ to the experience of eating out locally.
It is also a takeaway.
The news has come to a shock to many who had enjoyed the restaurant.
The Licensing Sub Committee sits on Monday 4th February at Basingstoke Civic Offices.
The options the Committee have are:
(a) to modify the conditions of the licence;
(b) to exclude a licensable activity from the scope of the licence;
(c) to remove the designated premises supervisor;
(d) to suspend the licence for a period not exceeding three months;
(e) to revoke the licence.