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Voices raised against premises licence plan

The premises licence would give Ripon City Council blanket permission to hold entertainment events in the city centre.

The premises licence would give Ripon City Council blanket permission to hold entertainment events in the city centre.

Twenty-one representations have been made against Ripon City Council’s application for a premises licence for entertainment on Market Place and surrounding streets.

The deadline for objections against the licence, which would also include Kirkgate, Duck Hill and part of Queen Street, expired on Friday, June 6.

All the representations came from members of the public with no statutory bodies, such as the police, objecting to the licence which – if granted – would give the council blanket permission to host events including live music, films, dance and plays and serve alcohol from 9am-10pm Monday to Thursday, and 9am-11pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

A spokesman for Harrogate Borough Council said: “All representations have been accepted as valid in accordance with the licensing objectives but we are unable to release the detail at this point.

“No representations have been made against this application by any of the statutory consultees.”

Explaining the decision to submit the application, City Development Manager Alan Weston told the Gazette last month: “The predominant driver for seeking a premises licence is the requirement to have this in place for the activity planned for the Tour de France Grand Depart weekend (July 5-6).

“The application has been prepared to provide flexibility for the future. It will allow some existing events to grow, such as the Christmas lights switch-on, and work with other organisations to allow new events to take place.

“It is envisaged that there will only be a handful of large events each year which would require use of the premises licence.”

However, concerns about the application were raised by some including Kirkgate resident Stanley Mackintosh who said: “If alcohol consumption in the street is permitted or encouraged then the consequences are unavoidable – alcohol-fuelled bonhomie or worse will become an unavoidable form of noise pollution imposed upon the home and family life of Kirkgate residents.”

A hearing date for the Licensing Sub-committee to determine the application has been set for Tuesday, July 1.

 

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