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An application from Calne Bowls Club for a licence to sell alcohol has been granted despite some local concerns.

CALNE BOWLS LICENCE 2At a meeting of the Northern Area Licensing Sub Committee yesterday, 27th April, the application was considered for the Calne Bowls Club to be allowed to sell alcohol to be drunk on-site between 12pm and 10pm on weekdays and 10am to 10pm on weekends.

Concerns had been raised that the proximity of a second licensed establishment to the already licensed Calne Recreational Club could cause noise disturbance to neighbouring properties.

Mr Wicks representing the club told the committee: "Recently we applied and got our own lease so we are now separated from the Calne Recreation Ground.

"Over the last five years the Rec have made it very difficult for the Bowls Club, they have actively tried to close us down and made it awkward for us to use the Rec club, fees were put up to £47 per member, hence we applied to break away and have our own lease."

Mr Wicks went on to say that the Recreational Club has applied for planning permission for an L-shaped extension around the bowls green which would make it impossible for them to use the Rec's licence facilities.

In answer to the concerns raised of a 'significant noise disturbance' Mr Wicks commented : “It would be nice to have a drink after a match,

“There is very little noise comes from the bowls club. We are very responsible people, we are all local people and we just want to enjoy a game of bowls and a drink afterwards.”

Cllr Peter Hutton asked Mr Wicks to confirm that they weren't intending to hold birthday parties or wedding parties or other outside functions not relating to the sport of bowls and would only use the licence for post-match drinks. Mr Wicks confirmed that would be the case.

Resident Fiona Cottrill speaking on behalf of several of her neighbours queried the time when people would be leaving the club, Mr Wicks pointed out that bowling can't be done after dusk, and estimated that 10pm would be the latest time that people would be leaving the premises. He added: "We are not going to be a drinking establishment, we are a 'have a game of bowls, have a drink and go home'."

Chairman of the Northern Area Licensing Sub Committee, Cllr Stewart Palmen announced that the group had resolved to grant the application for a licence to Calne Bowls Club.