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Sandy Lodge Golf Club’s drive to extend function opening hours
A Northwood golf club’s application for a new premises licence which, if granted, would allow functions to be held until 2.30am six times a year, is "outrageous" and "totally unacceptable", according to residents.
Sandy Lodge Golf Club’s application, which also sought to change the current sale of alcohol starting from 10am to 8am, was heard at Three Rivers District Council's Licensing Committee hearing on Tuesday.
Sandy Lodge Lane resident, Richard Cohen, was speaking against the application, deeming the plans as unacceptable as it’s situated in a residential area.
Mr Cohen said: "To be kept awake until 2am or 2.30am is unacceptable to anybody in the room."
However, Clive Bailey, the club’s general manager who was speaking for the application, said the club merely wanted the "flexibility" to serve its "customers within the appropriate times".
Mr Bailey, who said the application was brought about by the proposed changes in the Designated Premises Supervisor licence, said the application was merely based on "opportunity" and "there’s no desire for the club to change its operation".
Yet residents are wary of what the effect could be if the club is allowed to stay open beyond 2am six times a year.
Mr Cohen said he is often woken up early in the morning, as the Sandy Lodge Lane golf club sometimes uses its lawnmowers at 5am.
He added that, currently, he can "just about live" with the closing time of 11.30pm or 12am, but that it is "outrageous" that a neighbour could, on occasions, leave someone with just two and a half hours sleep.
He added: "Would anybody in this room be happy being kept up by a neighbour until 2.30am? It’s got to be a nuisance."
Another Sandy Lodge Lane resident, David Roy, said he was objecting to the application mainly because visitors travelling to and from the club who do not know the area drive around the residential roads, causing disruption.
Mr Roy said he objected to the noise made as a result of "outsiders" coming in.
When Mr Bailey moved to reassure Mr Roy these late-night functions would be reserved for members, the resident said: "Fine by me. They know their way around the estate and they have respect for the people living there."
Chairman of the committee, Councillor Keith Williams, said the committee would take five working days to make a decision.
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