Gosport mayor lodges an appeal over ban from town’s pubs

Gosport mayor Wayne Ronayne with lady mayoress Paula Carter.''Picture: Gosport Borough Council.
Gosport mayor Wayne Ronayne with lady mayoress Paula Carter.''Picture: Gosport Borough Council.
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THE mayor of Gosport is appealing the pub ban he was given after an alleged incident on his first day of office.

Councillor Wayne Ronayne is due to have his six-month ban from 36 pubs and clubs in Gosport looked at again.

He has written to Pub Watch, which handed down the ban after an alleged incident in a Wetherspoon’s pub on the same day he took up the mayoral chain of office.

Phil Cox is the chairman of Pub Watch in Gosport.

He said: ‘He has put in an appeal and it’s being heard.

‘I’ve asked him to send full details of what he wants to appeal about and any supporting evidence in his defence.

‘In the first instance we act on the report we receive from the manager.

‘Now we look in depth and take statements from members of staff. CCTV will be reviewed.’

Cllr Ronayne has until late June to submit his full appeal details, Mr Cox added.

It comes just two weeks after Cllr Ronayne was given the ban after he went to The Star in High Street with his partner the mayoress Paula Carter.

The group he was with were ejected from The Star following the mayor-making ceremony earlier in the day.

It is alleged an argument broke out when staff asked the mayor’s party to leave.

Cllr Ronayne has since said he was not drunk at the pub.

But Ms Carter allegedly told staff she could have the pub shut.

CCTV footage shows the mayoress went on to try and get into Nelsons bar just yards away and allegedly made the same claim.

Bar staff refused her and others she was with entry in the incident on Wednesday, June 4 at around 10pm.

She was handed a 12-month ban as she visited two premises. She has not appealed.

Opposition councillors at Gosport Borough Council have since called for Cllr Ronayne to resign.

Since The News revealed the ban the backlash has been fierce, with people in Gosport taking to Facebook to vent their amazement and anger.

A page on the social networking website called ‘Remove the Mayor of Gosport from office now Support UK Bouncers’ was set up with more than 100 people on it.

And the council’s own page attracted more than a dozen comments, some writing the incident had made the town a ‘laughing stock’.

Last night The News was unable to reach Cllr Ronayne or Ms Carter for comment.