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Southwell City Football Club’s premises application backed, despite confusion — Gate to Southwell Festival also approved




Confused councillors were set to question a football club on why it wanted to serve alcohol at 9.30am.

While reviewing Southwell City Football Club’s premises application for their new Brinkley ground, Southwell Town Council’s planning committee questioned why the club wanted to serve alcohol so early.

Committee member David Martin said: “I was a bit surprise to see the hours that it is going to be open — 9.30am in the morning until late at night, seven days a week.

An image taken from Southwell City FC's planning application. (35752675)
An image taken from Southwell City FC's planning application. (35752675)

“I know it won’t be open like that every day but I can’t think of a day when it would be open for that length of time.

“They do have days they have competitions on, so parents might like a beer at lunchtime. But from Monday to Friday, I don’t understand that.”

Member Michael Jeffrey said: “Is there a reason why it is from 9.30am? They could have other events there? Markets and things like that?”

Councillors had agreed to ask the club for their reasoning ­— until Lyn Harris pointed out alcohol is to be served from noon, while live music could be played from 9.30am.

The council unanimously supported the application.

The council also supported a premises license for the Gate to Southwell Festival, which has move to Kirklington for 2021.

Karen Roberts said: “Can we just approve it? We have to have some fun.”



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