Locals are helping to pay £2,000 worth of compensation levied against a pub which banned assistance dogs from its carvery.
They have clubbed together to help the owners of the Village Inn in Llanfairfechan after it was ruled to have “indirectly discriminated” against Burnadette Clutton, 54, of Llanfairfechan, and Edward Williams, 41, of Tamworth.
The pair had visited the Village Inn for a Sunday meal in April last year with their Labrador assistance dogs, but were told they could not sit in the carvery area.
They were told that they could sit elsewhere in the pub, with staff looking after their assistance dogs while they got their food as their was a risk of contamination.
District judge Merfyn Edmund Jones-Evans, at Caernarfon County Court, found that there had been a failure to make a “reasonable adjustment” under the Equality Act and awarded them £1,000 each, with the pub having to pay £900 costs after fighting the claim.
Llanfairfechan resident Kathleen Davies, who set up the crowdfunding page to raise the money, said landlady Roberta Roberts and her late husband Ken were well respected in the area.
She said: “A lot of people are supporting the family and have great respect for them.
“Ken was a JP and has helped so many people in the community.
“I wanted to do something to help them and had read comments from people who wanted to collect money for them and I just thought what the best way to collect the money would be.”
Mrs Davies said that members of the community believed that the court decision had been harsh on the pub, and so far have raised £350 towards the total.
She said: “Roberta doesn’t even want the money and all she wants to do is forget about it but this is a way to show that the community are behind her.
“She has said she is going to give the money to different charities in the village.
“They love animals in the pub and she had been giving to dog charities for a long time and she supports people with disabilities.”
Mrs Roberts said she was “very grateful” for the donations, but declined to comment further and said she wanted to forget about the experience.
At the court hearing, Belinda Williams, 46, carer for her husband, said they felt discriminated against as a “reasonable adjustment” was not made.
Ms Clutton, who has a yellow Labrador called Maisy to help her because of various health problems, said: ”I want to be as independent as I can.
“If I fancy a Sunday dinner at the local pub why can’t I have it? Why can’t I pick my own roast potatoes. I don’t want to be treated differently.”
Source : DailyPost