Monday, 4 June, 2018
A football club in Holland-on-Sea has been granted a licence to serve alcohol and play music by Tendring District Council (TDC).
Holland FC applied to the Council for a premises licence for its new clubhouse building in Dulwich Road.
It applied to open from 11am, closing at 11pm Sunday to Thursday and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, with alcohol and licensed activities – such as music – during those times. Outside activities would be restricted from 11am-10pm Sunday to Thursday, and 11am-11pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
A meeting held on Thursday, May 24, of TDC’s Licensing Sub-Committee heard from representatives of the football club that it had originally applied for longer hours, which been revised following objections from local residents.
Karen Townshend, TDC’s licensing manager, confirmed the hours applied for matched those held by the old clubhouse at the ground, and that there had been no problems reported during the 12 years of the previous licence.
The football club, which said the facility would allow it to raise funds to support sporting activities, also told the meeting mitigating measures would be introduced, including a noise and nuisance action plan, experienced bar staff, and a Think 25 policy to ensure alcohol was only served to over-18s.
Objectors raised concerns over existing noise disturbance, particularly from outside events, and said money to support the club could be raised in other ways.
After deferring a decision for further reflection, the committee of three councillors ruled that the football club could have a licence, having considered all of the points made.
In addition to any mandatory conditions, the committee also placed a condition on the football club to agree a noise reduction plan with TDC’s Environmental Control team.