Fears of drunken behaviour as pub applies for new licence

Campbell's Landing sits opposite the town's pier

Campbell's Landing sits opposite the town's pier - Credit: Archant

SCORES of objections have been lodged against an application to allow a Clevedon pub to remain open until the early hours.

Neighbours living near Campbell’s Landing at the town’s seafront fear a return to past years when they were regularly plagued with the drunken behaviour of revellers as they left establishments in the early hours.

Tomorrow (Thurs), a North Somerset Council licensing committee will consider the application which has been submitted by the building’s owner, Enterprise Inns.

Campbell’s Landing is set to be taken over by the Mezze restaurant group which has signed a long-term lease for the building and plans to renovate it to provide an eating and drinking venue.

If approved, the licence application will allow the sale of alcohol from 8am to midnight, Mondays to Wednesdays and Sundays, and until 2am Thursdays to Saturdays.

It will also allow the showing of films, performances of dance and anything similar until 3am, Thursdays to Sundays, and the sale of late night refreshments until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays. Recorded music would also be played until 2am on Thursdays to Saturdays.

While the current licence for the pub also allows certain activities to take place until 3am, the new application has prompted a huge response from people living in the area with North Somerset Council receiving 91 objections.

Some objectors refer back to a time when the Royal Pier Hotel was used as a nightclub and when Campbell’s Landing was also a busy venue.

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Jacqueline Smith, a resident of The Beach, said: “These late night drinking establishments have been an absolute nightmare for residents of The Beach and surrounding areas.

“Not only from the blaring music that was further accentuated when pub windows and doors were opened, but more especially when the clientele left their premises to roam the streets, either voluntarily or by force.”

Caroline Haydon, whose 92-year-old mother lives nearby, writes in a letter: “It is not acceptable to ask people of any age, but particularly those in retirement, to put up with such a potentially devastating development, one which risks the enjoyment of their surroundings and even, if they are not able to sleep until such a late hour, their health.”

In a bid to address any concerns, conditions could be attached to the licence which would see a noise limitation system installed, doors and windows being kept closed from 10.30pm and a terraced area being closed from 10.30pm, except from smokers.

Doormen would also be on duty from 11pm.