Bar de­nied ‘un­ac­cept­able’ 3am fin­ish

The Club­house’s con­tro­ver­sial pro­posal had been firmly op­posed by un­happy neigh­bours

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­

NEIGH­BOURS’ ob­jec­tions to plans for a sports bar to open un­til 3am at week­ends were lis­tened to by Hilling­don Coun­cil’s li­cens­ing sub-com­mit­tee.

It re­jected an ap­pli­ca­tion from The Club­house, at Mid­dle­sex Sta­dium, in Break­s­pear Road, Ruis­lip, to vary its premises li­cence.

Min­utes of the sub­com­mit­tee’s meet­ing on Oc­to­ber 3 stated: “The ex­ten­sion of li­cens­ing hours would cause an un­ac­cept­able im­pact to res­i­dents and harm the premises’ abil­ity to up­hold the li­cenc­ing ob­jec­tive that was to pre­vent a pub­lic nui­sance.”

The sub-com­mit­tee, chaired by Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lor Do­minic Gil­ham, de­cided to grant the ap­pli­cant, venue man­ager Harpreet Dhand, of Astro1 Ltd, per­mis­sion to cre­ate a new en­trance lobby area, which Mr Dhand said would act as a sound bar­rier, and per­mis­sion to host ‘adult en­ter­tain­ment for stag and hen par­ties’ less than once per month.

Be­fore the meet­ing, peo­ple un­happy at the prospect of longer open­ing hours dubbed the pro­posal ‘a change of use from a foot­ball club to a night­club’.

Mil­dred Col­lett wrote: STU­DENTS helped to spruce up an or­phan­age in Bul­garia as part of a school trip de­signed to give them an in­ter­na­tional per­spec­tive.

The 21 ACS Hilling­don stu­dents, aged 15 to 18, dec­o­rated bath­rooms and bed­rooms at the Dim­cho De­be­liano Or­phan­age in Silis­tra and also con­trib­uted to­wards English lessons by play­ing in­ter­ac­tive games.

Through­out the year, they had been or­gan­is­ing events to fund the im­prove­ments at the or­phan­age, which houses 55 chil­dren aged be­tween six and 20, in­clud­ing some with dis­abil­i­ties, and has been part­nered with the school on Vine Lane, “The pro­vi­sion of live/DJ mu­sic and an in­creased num­ber of per­sons us­ing the venue will def­i­nitely be a nui­sance to the neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties.”

Now that it has been re­fused, The Club­house will carry on li­cens­able ac­tiv­i­ties un­til mid­night, Hilling­don, for five years.

Ahead of the trip, the stu­dents used so­cial me­dia to forge friend­ships with those cared for by the char­ity.

As­sis­tant prin­ci­pal Chris Green said: “It was great to see the stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing in such a wor­thy com­mu­nity project while with half an hour’s drink­ing up time, as it has done since April 2011.

The Club­house is now op­er­ated as a pri­vate ven­ture but was once the mem­bers-only bar for Hilling­don Bor­ough FC, who still play their home games at the sta­dium. demon­strat­ing great ma­tu­rity in some chal­leng­ing sit­u­a­tions.

“Although the phys­i­cal im­prove­ments they made to the or­phan­age had a great im­pact, it was the time spent with the chil­dren and the friend­ships forged that proved most in­valu­able.”

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