Hartlepool United Supporters Club Members Beer Garden Submission in Ground Parking Lot
A hearing is due to be held on the Hartlepool United Supporters Club’s plans to run a beer garden at their base in the city.
A request was submitted by Tony Moore to the Sandringham Road Fan Club to set up a beer garden in the parking lot to provide seating and table service to members.
The beer garden would only be open Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., if the request is approved.
However, nine residents have raised concerns that the plans could lead to increased noise and nuisance in the area, while the council’s environmental health team has noted how close the site is to the accommodation. .
The request will therefore go ahead of a meeting of the Hartlepool council licensing subcommittee on Wednesday for councilors to decide whether the plans should be authorized.
The fan club’s request says they would continue to ensure the site meets all licensing targets, as they currently do.
He says: “The beer garden will be open Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. to reduce any nuisance to neighbors, it will not be used after these hours.”
However, a response to the request received from Zoey Craig to council indicates that “environmental protection would object because of the proximity to local housing.”
Concerns raised by residents include how this could lead to parking issues and increased noise from premises.
One resident said: “I oppose plans that they are able to convert the parking lot into a beer garden and I oppose their plans to allow customers to drink outside.
“All of the above will cause mental and physical health problems.”
Another resident added: “Parking is pretty bad here when the club is open, let alone the club removing their parking lot.”
A report by Sylvia Pinkney, the council’s deputy director for regulatory services, notes that the government has temporarily relaxed the rules, due to the pandemic, which allows the club to serve drinks to be consumed outside.
This will end once the allowance is removed, but if councilors approve the request, alcohol may be sold to drink in the parking lot.
Counsel will hold the hearing on the request virtually on Wednesday, April 28 from 10 a.m., at which time a decision will then be made.