Clubhouse drink licence under spotlight
August 01, 2007
A clubhouse at Cantley Park for footballers and spectators to enjoy a drink after matches was put under the spotlight last week.
Details of the licence for the Ashridge Room on the site of the planned 250-seater football stand were examined at a Cantley Forum meeting.
The current buildings in the Twyford Road park would be transformed into a clubhouse for use after Wokingham and Emmbrook Football Club have played.
In the past campaigners against the football stand, including the Save Cantley Park Action Group (SCPAG) and representatives from Cantley House Hotel and Wokingham Theatre, have raised concerns about the clubhouse leading to antisocial behaviour and disruptive noise.
But Mark Ashwell, president of Wokingham and Emmbrook Football Club, said the building would only be used for “activities associated around the event of playing football”, it would serve alcohol and play recorded, but not live music.
Mr Ashwell said he would be happy with a club premises certificate, which would only enable club members to use the clubhouse, but a premises licence would be needed to serve alcohol to spectators.
Mr Ashwell said: “We are being advised now to go for a premises licence to cover the spectators.”
The football club would use the clubhouse 40 weeks each year and the bar would be allowed to open from midday to 8pm on Saturday, midday to 7pm on Sunday and 5pm to 11pm weekdays.
Wokingham Borough Council would use the clubhouse during the day.
The clubhouse could apply for a temporary event notice 12 times a year to open later at the weekend.
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