LAst chAnce for leAse hold­ers

Coun­cil gives fi­nal warn­ing to com­mu­nity as­so­ci­a­tion

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Joel Lamy Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

A com­mu­nity group could lose its lease to run a com­mu­nity cen­tre af­ter com­plaints of al­co­hol-fu­elled dis­or­der. The West­wood & Raven­sthorpe Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion (WRCA) is on its fi­nal warn­ing­be­for­e­it­stradin­garm is re­moved as the lease holder of Stafford Hall in Wicken Way, Hamp­ton Court.

Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil, which owns the build­ing, wants to see more ac­tiv­i­ties there out­side of us­ing the bar.

Adrian Chapman, t he coun­cil’s ser­vice di­rec­tor for adult ser­vices and com­mu­ni­ties, said there have been a number of on­go­ing is­sues re­lat­ing to the bar.

He added: “Fol­low­ing emer­gen­cytalk­swith­thecom­mit­tee this week we have ad­vised its mem­bers that un­less im­prove­ments are made over the next three months we will con­sider ter­mi­nat­ing their lease of the build­ing.

“Wewil­lal­sobe­mon­i­tor­ing use of the bar, en­sur­ing that the con­di­tions of the li­cense aremetan­don­ly­mem­ber­suse it.” The coun­cil said last week it was ter­mi­nat­ing the lease be­fore chang­ing its mind.

TonyCocksedge, trea­surer of the WRCA, said nei­ther the coun­cil­northe­p­o­lice­hade­ver raised any is­sues.

Headded:“Peo­pleare­mak­ing these things up. This is a com­plete pack of lies.”

Coun­cil­lor Ed Mur­phy, mem­ber for Raven­sthorpe, said: “I’ve asked the coun­cil to provide as­sis­tance to the vol­un­teers run­ning our com­mu­nity cen­tre and in­vest in im­prov­ingth­e­fa­cil­i­ties rather than the threat­ened clo­sure.”

Mr Chapman said the coun­cil has no in­ten­tion of clos­ing the cen­tre, which hosts the Happy Days PreSchool and runs ac­tiv­i­ties such as karate and yoga.

A Cam­bridgeshire police spokesman said: “We have been­called­toanum­berofdis­or­deran­dal­co­hol-re­late­d­in­ci­dents at Stafford Hall, mainly at the end of last year.”

Stafford Hall in Wicken Way.

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