Loddington and Mawsley cricket club to find out if alcohol licence bid is successful after objections from residents

The club's revenue has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic so the licence and subsequent funding would help offset the impact

Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 5:16 pm
Loddington and Mawsley Cricket Club

A cricket club is set to find out whether its bid to serve alcohol will be approved despite objections from residents who made an unsuccessful request to have the application postponed.

Loddington and Mawsley Cricket Club applied to North Northamptonshire Council for a club premises licence allowing it to serve alcohol at its pavilion in Harrington Road in Loddington.

Members of the licensing sub committee for North Northamptonshire heard yesterday (April 13) the club wants to serve alcohol to members and guests between midday and 10pm every day.

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But residents claimed it would lead to an increase in crime and disorder and public nuisance within the village.

A statement was read out by resident Michael Adams of behalf of the 27 objecting residents asking the committee to adjourn proceedings.

Mr Adams said there may be legal implications to the application and had requested information from Loddington Parish Council.

He said the information was received late on Monday evening, giving residents no time to seek legal advice and therefore requested the committee adjourned the proceedings.

The committee then took advice from its legal advisor, Louise Delavaloire, who said there was nothing that had been stated that compromised the panel from proceeding.

A report to the committee was prepared by the council's health services manager, Russ Howell.

Mr Howell said neither the police or environmental health had raised any concerns.

He said parking issues were raised by a number of people but they appeared to exist already as a result of the operation of the cricket club in its general form.

The committee heard from cricket club member Will Haines who spoke on behalf of the licence applicant, Simon West.

Mr Haines, who joined the club in 1994, said: "I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to any persons who have felt that this application and any other cricket related activity has caused them alarm or distress."

Mr Haines went on to address the issue of parking. He said: "Whilst parking issues are clearly an issue for the residents, perhaps not directly connected to the application, I can reassure residents that due to the conditions set out within the application, we will not see any increase in the vehicular traffic.

"To mitigate issues, especially this year, from the culmination of the football season being extended and crossing over with the cricket season and people not being able to car share, there may well be some increased vehicles.

"Unfortunately this is not something we can control. However, I have liaised with the local farmer and land owner, and he has given us permission to use a nearby field for overflow parking, primarily on Saturdays to alleviate these issues."

Mr Haines also stated that the cricket club's revenue has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and expected increased bills. The licence and subsequent funding would help to offset the impact.

The committee then heard Mr Adams read out a statement.

He said: "I regret to have to read from this statement but I do so because it contains legal reference and I speak on behalf of myself and 27 other dissenting residents whose representations are noted in the report that you have before you.

"And you will see that our concerns are, to say the least, many and varied.

"However, in our view, and despite the case officer's comment in his report at clause 6.2 on page seven, we believe this application may well have legal implications.

"We therefore requested information from Loddington Parish Council to try and ascertain this fact and unfortunately the information was not delivered to us until 10.08pm last evening (April 12), giving us no time at all to take any necessary legal advice before this meeting today.

"We therefore intend to seek this legal advice as soon as possible and as a consequence and in view of the high impact we feel this application will have on us, we would respectfully ask the committee to adjourn this application process today until this aspect of the situation is resolved."

The committee will issue a written decision notice to the cricket club within 10 working days of the meeting.