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Licensees at Lord Collingwood, Upper Poppleton, face opposition over plans to serve alcohol on village green
THE licensees of a York pub are facing opposition from residents over their attempts to serve alcohol and food on part of the local village green.
Raymond and Gill Stannard, who have run the Lord Collingwood in Upper Poppleton for two and a half years, want to extend their licence so tables and chairs can be set up on the green outside the pub, saying it would help attract more customers.
Their application will be discussed at a City of York Council licensing hearing on Wednesday, but opponents claim the proposals would lead to an increase in noise and litter, block other people from using the green and turn it into a “free-for-all drinking area”.
Upper Poppleton Parish Council has suggested the pub should only be able to use the area between May and October. Mrs Stannard said: “We see it as an opportunity to extend the business at a time when a lot of pubs are struggling.
“Many of our customers have said it would be nice to be able to look over the green while having a drink or a meal.
“We would mostly use it at lunchtimes and we would look after the green, so we don’t see a problem.
“Our rear beer garden is enclosed and this would allow customers to sit outside and watch the world go by, while it would also help us with advertising ourselves as a business.”
In her objection, Reverend Susan Swires, who lives opposite the Lord Collingwood, said the area had seen an annual increase in noise and “disturbing behaviour” and she was concerned about customers “spilling out on to a road”.
Local residents Sheri and Andre Scruton said: “Positioning tables and chairs in the area provides exclusive enjoyment to customers of the pub, but excludes residents who wish to exercise their rights to the village green.”
Elizabeth Parker, who also lives nearby, said it would be difficult to define which part of the green the pub could use, saying: “If it became very busy, it would become intolerable and the quietness of the area would be lost.”
The Lord Collingwood’s application has been supported by some of its customers, who said it had become “an asset to the village” under its current licensees.
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