New boss promises to change venue after locals attack loud revelers urinating in the street

The new boss of a beleaguered place has pledged to make a difference for weary residents.

Residents of Meriden Drive, Kingshurst, home to the private clubhouses, said they had been unable to sleep and were plagued by drunks urinating in the street at nighttime events.

Others complained that Solihull Road became a taxi stand with rowdy revelers pouring in every weekend.

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But new CEO Lotfi Saidi is on a mission to turn things around.

After being brought in by the owners of the place, he has already banned the sale of alcohol after 11:30 p.m. and planned family activities for the community.

The businessman has a background in catering and hospitality and hopes to stabilize the ship after multiple incidents of unrest in recent months.

“I have so many ideas,” Mr. Saidi said. “We have a space for families and young people.

“I think it will be very good. We will also contact the retirement homes. We are not busy during the day, so we want to do something for them.”

Mr. Saidi explained that he wanted to organize events for the community and the OAPs, including lunches for the elderly and a bingo with hot meals.

Asked about the previously busy late night events, he added: “We only serve until 11.30pm so the place is empty at midnight.

“We have neighbors. I don’t want people coming out and shouting and screaming.”



New general manager Lotfi Saidi is on a mission to transform private club The Pavilions

The new chief executive added that things “seem to be working” since he took over about two months ago.

“When you extend opening hours, all you do is feed drunk people,” Mr Saidi explained.

“When you call it at 11:30 p.m. people have had a good time but aren’t really drunk.”

Asked about his message to residents, he insisted he was listening to their concerns.

He said: “We want to give it back to them. It’s a family place. We have a sports bar and a family lounge.

“Try. We are trying to drive out the troublemakers.

“We still have security over the weekend, but it’s definitely getting better. We’re bringing it back to the families and bringing it back to the community.”

Mr. Saidiis has worked in the restaurant and hospitality industry for 38 years as a general manager and head chef.

Originally from Tunisia, he lives in Leamington Spa.

The 55-year-old has been recruited by The Pavillions Limited and asked to take on the role of Managing Director.

“They gave me the keys and told me to make it work,” Mr Saidi said.

“They knew it wasn’t working. We’re trying to do more for the kids and want to get the community to come and use the place.

“It’s been working so far and I’m sure it will get better.”

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