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North Petherton FC loses out on booze bid
NORTH Petherton Football Club’s bid for a licence to sell alcohol has been turned down after Sedgemoor District Council decided it had “failed to adequately consider the impact on the local community”.
The club had wanted a premises certificate to allow it to sell alcohol from the hall at Parker’s Playing Field, from 12pm to 10pm each day.
The plans received a number of complaints from people concerned about noise and antisocial behaviour.
Sedgemoor District Council’s licensing and gambling panel considered evidence put forward by the club and objectors at its meeting in Bridgwater last Wednesday, and ruled the licensing changes should not be granted.
The panel ruled that “in submitting the application, the applicant had failed to adequately consider the impact on the local community and given that the club premises were in the middle of a public recreation ground, the impact of the licensable activities requested on the users of the grounds, especially given the strength of feeling and the specific concerns of the objectors.
“It was acknowledged that the applicant had at the hearing, offered up amendments to the licence, including reducing the hours and amending the licensable area.
“However, the panel was concerned that those amendments were not well considered, the applicant appearing uncertain as to the workings of the licence on a day-to-day basis.
“While the intentions as to the sale of alcohol after football matches appeared to be clear, the same could not be said for the use of the licence for community use.
“As the proposed amendments were made at the meeting, no supporting detail to ensure that such amendments were adequate to promote the licensing objectives was provided.”
Afterwards, North Petherton FC chairman Nigel Coram told the Mercury he did not wish to comment until he had received official notice of the panel’s reasons for rejecting the licence changes.
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