Neighbours concerned over plans to open club longer


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A Pill nightspot wants to extend its opening and serving hours, to the concern of people living nearby.

Pill Memorial Club’s licence means it has to stop serving alcohol at midnight six days of the week at the moment, but its owners want to extend its hours on Fridays and Saturdays into the early hours and 1.30am. They also want to extend the hours music is played by 30-60 minutes every day.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary, the fire service and North Somerset Council’s environment team have raised no objections to the plans.

However, several neighbours have written to the council expressing concern at the attempt to increase activity at the Lodway club, ahead of the authority’s licensing meeting yesterday (Tuesday). All seven objectors felt extending the hours would cause problems in the neighbourhood.

In their submission to the council, Mr and Mrs Rae, who live in Station Road, said: “It is important to remember that this is a residential area and not a city centre type location that would make licensing hours as suiting a nightclub reasonable.”

Villager Paul Durbin, in his council submission, said: “Not wishing to be a killjoy, but these hours I find are unacceptable in what is a residential area.

“For the most part the club is a very pleasant neighbour... but I would not want events going on until midnight when I have to get up early for work the following day.”

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The council’s environmental team says it has only been called to the venue twice in 10 years due to complaints over loud music, with both instances taking place in 2014.

The council’s licensing committee was due to consider its decision as the Times went to press.