December 7 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Plans for Exmouth’s seafront bowling alley to be allowed to serve alcohol past midnight, seven days a week, have been opposed by the town council.
Harlequinns Bowling and Leisure, which has taken back control of the Ocean Blue complex, has applied for a licence to serve alcohol until 1am, and be open until 1.30am, seven days a week.
The town council’s planning committee said it was unhappy with this, with concerns raised about how noise from the bars and people leaving in the small hours would affect nearby residents.
Deputy mayor Bill Nash said: “About 80 people have complained to me bitterly when they saw this application that they are now asking for bars to be open until 1.30am, seven days a week. Remember, this is a residential site.”
It has requested that the opening hours instead be limited to midnight, in line with the nearby Exmouth Pavilion and the original planning application, except for the upstairs function room which could open until 1am at weekends.
Councillors have also asked that late-night refreshments be served indoors only, and a decibel limiter be installed where music is played.
East Devon District Council will have the final say on the licensing application.