'Put out plans for smoking area'

WORRIED residents are pressing owners of a town centre club in Clevedon to stub out plans to create an outdoor smoking area

WORRIED residents are pressing owners of a town centre club in Clevedon to stub out plans to create an outdoor smoking area.Bosses at the Clevedon Conservative Club have put forward plans to create a smoking area at the rear of the building as a result of the impending smoking ban due to come into force on July 1.Plans include extending the roof over outbuildings to create a smokers canopy.But people living near the club say they are unhappy at the proposals as people gathering in the open air to have a cigarette will cause extra noise and disturbance.Peter Goodyear-Evans, of Griffin Road, said: "I am very concerned about the extra noise this area will create. "The doors at the rear of the building lead onto this area and if it is used for smokers they will be open all the time leading to extra noise and disturbance until late at night."Mr Goodyear-Evans, who works shifts as a train driver, said many people in Griffin Road have children who could be kept awake at night.He added: "I have four-year-old twin boys and I am concerned they will not be able to sleep."I also work shifts so don't want to be kept up late if I have an early start the next day."Neighbour Tim Trapnall, of Arundel Road, has also written to object to the plans.Mr Trapnall said: "Representatives from the club have not even bothered to consult us about these plans."My property is only about 20ft away from this proposed canopy so I will be badly affected by it."A lot of my neighbours have children and people using this smoking area are going to cause extra noise and pollution. Even when the windows are closed and there is a function on you can hear the thud of the music. These plans are going to have an effect on many of the neighbour's lives."Bosses at the club say the move to create an outdoor area was necessary to accommodate customers who smoke.Club secretary Steve Merryweather said: "We are making these changes to accommodate customers who are smokers."An application has been submitted to North Somerset Council which will be decided in due course."Clevedon Town Council has recommended the application be refused on the grounds the smoking area backed onto properties.Councillors also said they were concerned about possible noise nuisance.


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