Neighbours oppose tennis club bar plan in Brighton

People living opposite Queen’s Park Tennis Club are concerned about plans to set up a bar.

Wednesday, 20th March 2019, 1:45 pm
Updated Wednesday, 20th March 2019, 1:51 pm
Queens Park Tennis Club

The club in East Drive, has applied for a licence to sell alcohol from noon to 11pm for gatherings, private parties, internal functions and community events.

Noise and anti-social behaviour are among the issues raised by neighbours.

One objector, Charlotte Macpherson, said: “The building is completely unsuitable for live music. It is not sound insulated.

“This is a quiet residential area and a family park, and is not suitable for parties and drinking.

“There are many local pubs which are finding it hard to keep going and a small clubhouse venue with limited facilities does not seem appropriate.”

She was concerned that the public notice on the side of the club pavilion was not filled in correctly. None of the options on the form were deleted, making it unclear, she said.

Another objector, Gillian Palmer, said: “The Tennis Pavilion has always been a social venue for the tennis, before that bowls and the local committee meetings.

“There has never been any difficulties with this over the years. It should not be a venue for anyone to rent out and do what they want with no supervision of a caretaker or pub landlord.”

Neither Sussex Police nor Brighton and Hove City Council’s licensing department has objected to the application.

There are no restrictions on new licensed premises in the Queen’s Park area.

The club has agreed to install a digital CCTV system and hire stewards or legally authorised door staff for events if required, after carrying out a risk assessment.

It has also committed to making sure that all members of the hall management committee and other staff or volunteers have full induction training on selling alcohol, with a refresher every 12 weeks.

The application is due to be decided by a council licensing panel at a hearing at Hove Town Hall on Friday (March 22).

The panel of three councillors is due to meet at 10am. The hearing is open to the public.