Trading hours: All need to be heard
beer garden, whose youthful crowd prompted decades of complaints to the Council about issues including noise, street drunkeness and after-hours drinking.
The Prendiville Group has redeveloped the area into an upmarket beach club to be pitched to an older clientele.
Mrs Dawkins said it was inconsistent that the CBH should have one set of closing times while the nearby Ocean Beach Hotel had another.
She said the Prendiville Group had spent time and money turning the “unattractive” beer garden into “something attractive of which town can be proud”.
However, councillors Sandra Boulter and Sally Pyvis questioned whether the council should not send a submission.
“We do represent all the community, and we haven’t heard from those who may object to the proposal,” Cr Pyvis said.
Cr Boulter wanted the council to defer considering not sending a submission until ratepayers’ opinions had been gathered, but council staff said the Department of Liquor and Gaming was “very strict” about its deadlines.
Prendiville Group director Tony Dichiera said new hours at the upmarket beach club would be no greater than any other “suburban pub”, and the hotel had banned closing time overthe-counter sales of alcohol as part of its bid to achieve good relations with its neighbours.
“The fact is the hotel is not about people getting smashed anymore,” ratepayer Jane Wishaw said.
Adjacent Warnham Road resident Laurie Scanlan said later closing times would allow for the serving of meals after 9pm on the beach strip on Sundays.