RESIDENTS of Trotton, Dumpford and surrounding areas have been left angered by an application submitted to the Chichester District Council licensing authority by the new owners of the former South Downs Hotel.
Residents have said if the application is not amended, it will insert a ‘city-type disco’ venue into a quiet rural area.
At a public meeting held by the Trotton and Chithurst Parish Council, many agreed that such a dramatic change of use would result in increases in noise and traffic levels, potentially throughout the week.
They felt this would lead to a possible threat to public safety, and would represent ‘a complete travesty’ of the objects of a National Park.
The application for the renamed South Downs Manor wedding venue includes the supply of alcohol and live music until 2am and refreshments until 5am, seven days a week.
“This licensing application would be a complete violation of the rights and wishes of residents and users of the South Downs National Park,” said Chris Hodgson, chairman of the Trotton and Chithurst Parish Council.
“We strongly urge local residents to object this application by September 2, so that more reasonable and stringent licence terms can be agreed that will permit the use of the venue without any disruption to the environment and residents.”
Keith Tregunna, member of the parish council, said: “Nobody wants to stifle an enterprise, but this has to be done in the appropriate way.”
A spokesperson for the Tabor Group, who have taken over the venue, said: “The license is to cover any eventuality we might be asked for - it is very rare a wedding would go on until 2am, it usually ends around midnight.
“We are very anxious that we work closely with the local community, as we do at our other venues.”
Trotton and Chithurst Parish Council would like to remind residents of the following:
The application can be viewed at the Chichester District Council offices in Chichester or on its website (www.chichester.gov.uk) - Environment/Planning - Health - Licensing - View Licence and Permit Applications - Application Search or Property Search.
Residents can object by sending objections to: firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to: Licensing Manager, Licensing Team, Health Protection and Environmental Management, Chichester District Council, East Pallant House, East Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1TY. The deadline is Monday, 2 September 2013.