Noisy club to get the boot?

VILLAGERS in Cheddar could lose their popular football club after numerous complaints from holidaymakers. Caravanners and campers have been asking

VILLAGERS in Cheddar could lose their popular football club after numerous complaints from holidaymakers.Caravanners and campers have been asking bosses at Cheddar Caravan Club for their money back because they have been kept awake by noise from the club.As a result, the caravan club, in Draycott Road, has asked Sedgemoor District Council's licensing panel to reconsider the venue's licence and the hearing is due to take place on Friday.In his application for a review, Francis Bradshaw from the caravan club, said: "We are asking for a review following unacceptable levels of noise in previous years. This year the situation has deteriorated further."I had a meeting with the president on July 4; they have demonstrated good intentions but the situation has failed to improve."The public nuisance is loud music being played at unsociable hours disturbing holidaymakers and preventing them from sleeping."The caravan club is not the only business to be affected."But bosses at Cheddar Football Club, in Draycott Road, believe the venue could close down if it loses its licence.Club chairman Steve Bayliss said: "We are disappointed it has come to this, and we feel we have worked well within our licence conditions and have always endeavoured to be considerate to our neighbours. "I am sure it is not the caravan club's intention to flex its corporate muscle in this manner and we appreciate the benefit of tourism in the village, in fact we welcome the campers openly into the club. "However a large section of the community of Cheddar, year in and year out, get huge benefit from what the football club has to offer."Cheddar FC relies heavily on the revenue generated from these functions particularly in the non-football season period between May and August."This enables it to maintain the facility for the people of Cheddar and surrounding areas to use. "With the club not receiving any other income at present from other bodies such as the FA, the local or district councils or lottery funding for community projects, it is purely self funded and having the licence revoked or unworkable conditions put in place will no doubt jeopardise the future of the club in Cheddar." Mr Bayliss said the club works hard to be a good neighbour, only allowing bookings on Fridays or Saturdays and stopping music by midnight.The club, which was set up in 1892 and is home to eight Cheddar teams, has been at the ground for 55 years and provides floodlit playing facilities for footballers aged 15 and over. It has generated a lot of support from local residents and will be representing itself at the hearing.


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