Village will not be ‘party central’

A VILLAGE football club has vowed it has no intention of turning Pinchbeck into “party central” after being awarded a premises licence.

Pinchbeck United Football Club chairman Bruce Patterson gave his assurances yesterday as he addressed objections to the club being granted permission to serve alcohol to the public seven days a week.

He told South Holland District Council’s licensing panel: “This is so we are covered for a couple of events a year. It is not the club’s intention to have discos and parties every weekend or even once a month, it will be an occasional event.

“I want to put everyone’s mind at rest. There is not going to be loud music there every Friday and Saturday night.”

A number of nearby residents had lodged objections to the proposals, many of which had been prompted by a one-off birthday party held at the club in August.

Among the issues raised were noise nuisance and anti-social behaviour.

Panel chairman Coun Malcolm Chandler said the authority had been “concerned” by the number of comments received.

Mr Patterson said the licence would be a replacement for the club premises certificate, which had been secured under the name Sports Club Pinchbeck in conjunction with Pinchbeck Cricket Club.

However, since the cricket club no longer uses Glebe Field or the clubhouse, Mr Patterson said they were using a certificate which was no longer “legal, legitimate or relevant”.

Social club treasurer Tom Healey said the club was “extending” more into the village, with two darts teams wanting to use the club on a week night.

He said: “We feel this licence is a better licence as far as the village is concerned.

“One of the two pubs closed in the last week or so we hope we are setting something up that will help the social side of our village.”

The licence covers alcohol, playing recorded music, live music, and dancing.

The panel granted the licence with a number of conditions, including for alcohol not to be taken out of the member’s lounge, a limit to the number of live functions each year and for CCTV to be installed to the approval of Lincolnshire Police.