Neighbours oppose club's change of licence

A PRIVATE members' club in Weston which wants to change its licence is facing opposition from residents living nearby. The Conservative Club

A PRIVATE members' club in Weston which wants to change its licence is facing opposition from residents living nearby. The Conservative Club, in Alexandra Parade, wants to remove a condition of its licence which does not allow people to re-enter the club after 11pm.The request to North Somerset Council's licensing committee is a response to a new law which came into effect on July 1 banning people from smoking in enclosed public spaces. At the moment, smokers who leave the club after 11pm will not be allowed to go back in. The council, which is the licensing authority, will now hold a committee meeting to decide whether to allow a change in the club's license. The authority's licensing manager, Keith Taylor said: "A dilemma for bars is that they lose business if people cannot go back in."Conservative Club secretary Alan Dean said: "We have put up notices in the smoking area at the back of the club asking members to respect the neighbours and to keep the noise as quiet as possible.The club's bar is open until 11.30pm Monday-Thursday and 12pm on Friday and Saturday. Mr Dean added: "The club's committee will put a block on people entering 15 minutes before last orders. The committee is monitoring any noise problems and we have a duty manager there all the time. If we do receive any problems then we will close the smoking area.


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