Trad­ing hours: All need to be heard

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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.

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