Row breaks over Stedham pavilion licence

C150363-1 BTH Mid Stedpavilion''The new pavilion in Stedham.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C150363-1 SUS-150403-160424001
C150363-1 BTH Mid Stedpavilion''The new pavilion in Stedham.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C150363-1 SUS-150403-160424001

A ROW over the licencing application for Stedham’s new pavilion divided the village.

There were so many objections to the proposed licence Chichester District Council decided to hold a public hearing.

The Stedham Sports Association had applied for a licence to sell alcohol from midday to 11pm every day of the week.

But said association secretary Sue Yates the intention had always been to only use it for sports matches, training sessions and pre-arranged events.

But there was a raft of objections at a public meeting held by Stedham with Iping Parish Council in August when many villagers said they thought the proposed licensing hours were ‘unacceptable’.

The parish council objected saying near neighbours had suffered disturbances at recent events.

The association agreed to amend its hours to midday to 10pm from Sunday to Thursday and midday to 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

In addition they reduced the number of outside events from six to three annually.

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