AN unwelcome visitor to Worthing’s Denton Lounge in the form of a mouse sparked health concerns and forced the closure of the venue for two days.
Officers from a private pest control firm were alerted to the problem last week, which resulted in the restaurant losing valuable trade during what is traditionally the most challenging period of the year for many businesses.
Paul Yallop, Worthing Borough Council leader, said he was surprised to hear that a private company had been used.
He said: “I was aware of the problem at the Denton but don’t believe there have been previous issues there. We have our own council pest control unit, so I am not sure why an external company was called, which will not be the case in future.
“I think the Denton actually has the best location in town right on the seafront. There are still some improvements I would like to see there but we will get there with it.”
A spokesperson for Worthing Theatres, which runs the seafront venue, said: “We had a mouse in the Denton which was believed to have run in from outside owing to the cold weather. However, we took the precautionary measure to close on Friday and Saturday to allow pest control to investigate.
“After consultation with Environmental Health and the council’s own pest control team, we are confident there is no problem with mice and trading resumed as usual on Monday.”