Dismay as licence request falls flat

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COUNCILLORS decided not to grant a licence to a village hall based on evidence that it would not benefit the community.

South Kesteven District Council’s alcohol and entertainment licensing committee voted against the application on Tuesday last week, for a licence to allow entertainment and the sale of alcohol at Dowsby Village Hall.

The committee’s decision followed after hearing objections which involved complaints about a bikers’ club.

It heard that the application appeared solely to benefit the Eagles Motorcycle club and there had been no evidence of any wider community benefit.

The committee recognised that it was rare for a premise licence to be refused, but said that because the evidence had been so overwhelmingly strong against it being given the go-ahead - they decided not to grant it.

Village hall committee chairman David Brindley and bikers’ club member Alan Towning, of The Hurn, Billingborough, were disappointed with the decision.

They both said that the licence would have allowed more events to take place to benefit everyone living in the village.