STAR Awards for Otley Pubwatch

Tony Garwood seated front far right

21/8/19: NPW Regional Representative and Mayor of Otley Peter Jackson, attended a meeting of Otley and District Pubwatch to present two National Pubwatch Star Awards to Tony Garwood Chair of Otley & District Pubwatch and Mick Waters Leeds City Council Entertainment Licensing. Also, in attendance to witness the award was Otley BID representative Sally Hinchcliffe and West Yorkshire Police Licensing David Parker.

Tony Garwood the Chair of Otley & District Pubwatch is co-owner of O’Deli a rustic Deli and Prosecco bar, offering Fine Wines and Prosecco, plus guest Craft Beers. As chair he regularly contacts members of the Pubwatch updating them on matters that may be of interest to their business. He is an active member of Otley BID and Chamber of Trade where he brings together a working partnership between all three.

He is a Strong leader and all members respect him for no nonsense attitude. Opening his business in Otley only 4 years ago, he also travels regularly to London where he also has a business interest in the wine and coffee industry. He took over as chair of Otley and District Pubwatch in 2018 and immediately implemented a close working relationship with West Yorkshire Police and Leeds City Council Licensing departments, holding weekly telephone conferences ensuring Otley is up to date on issues relating to licensing and crime figures in Otley.

Michael Waters is a Liaison & Enforcement Officer for Leeds City Council Entertainment Licensing, Communities & Environment Directorate

Mick joined Leeds City Council in 2007 as a licensing enforcement officer. Previous to this he was a fire safety officer and transferred these valuable skills to his new role. His role involves liaising with the licensed trade, partner agencies and stakeholders offering quality support and guidance.

His remit also covers more formal activities, such as investigating licence breaches and formal complaints. In doing so he applies a common sense approach and will endeavour to seek solutions and engage with business operators without having to escalate matters to more formal sanctions.

However, he does not shy away from formal action where all other remedy attempts have failed, and only recently he brought a successful prosecution and licence review against a takeaway business in Otley town centre.

Mick has, and continues to play a pivotal part in promoting a safe, enjoyable and responsible day and night-time economy in Otley. He is approachable, friendly, professional and consistent in his dealings. Mick is a strong advocate of Otley Pubwatch and will, wherever possible, attend the regular Pubwatch meetings to support licensed operators.

It was unfortunate that Mick was too ill to attend to receive his award in person, this will be presented to him at his works office in front of his colleagues.