Concerns raised over drunken behaviour and noise as football club seeks to extend alcohol and music licence

Concerns raised over drunken behaviour and noise as football club seeks to extend alcohol and music licence

IMPACTS: The Oakdale school site and

IMPACTS: Local resident Rob Vincent

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AN application for an extended alcohol and music licence for a football club which plays home games on a school field, is being strongly opposed.

Poole Town Football Club currently holds a premises licence which allows alcohol to be sold for two hours before and two hours after a match at the Tatnam Ground off Stanley Green Road.

Now it is applying for a licence to supply alcohol from a new clubroom from 10am to 11pm seven days a week, along with playing recorded music.

In a letter of objection, David Mann, chairman of governors of Oakdale Junior School said the selling of alcohol would have: “Severe adverse impacts on children using the field.

“This will be a severe safeguarding issue for us if approved.

“We do not wish the children to see drunken behaviour or hear ‘adult’ language.

“This is not the example of adult behaviour that we wish to present to them as a model in their formative years.”

The application, due to go before Borough of Poole’s licensing sub-committee today at 6.30pm, has attracted a further seven letters of objection from nearby residents.

Drunken behaviour, litter, noise and parking congestion were among issues raised by residents, who said they could not understand why the club needed the sale of alcohol, on land bordering a school, seven days a week.

Rob and Sandra Vincent of Well Lane said the current arrangement of two hours either side of a match was, “Quite acceptable to the local residents and should be quite sufficient for the club’s needs.”

In the application, vice-chairman Chris Reeves for the club said it had “zero tolerance of any unacceptable behaviour”, was “concerned to be good neighbours” and would “keep the wellbeing and protection of children to the forefront of our concerns”.

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6:11pm Thu 10 Apr 14

ashleycross says...

This is a joke. Bars in Poole are allowed to be play really loud music late into the night and serve drunks who then leave making a dreadful row. Enforcement just doesn't happen. Good luck to those objecting, they will get no help whatsoever if these people are allowed a longer license.
This is a joke. Bars in Poole are allowed to be play really loud music late into the night and serve drunks who then leave making a dreadful row. Enforcement just doesn't happen. Good luck to those objecting, they will get no help whatsoever if these people are allowed a longer license. ashleycross
  • Score: -7

6:53pm Thu 10 Apr 14

carrrob says...

I thought Tatnam Farm was a temporary home for Poole Town doesn't seem that way now,even more public space monopolised
I thought Tatnam Farm was a temporary home for Poole Town doesn't seem that way now,even more public space monopolised carrrob
  • Score: -10

2:23am Fri 11 Apr 14

DragonofWales says...

Will the reporters at the eçho please get the facts right (Diana) before going to press . this is a well run and responsible club.
Will the reporters at the eçho please get the facts right (Diana) before going to press . this is a well run and responsible club. DragonofWales
  • Score: 7

7:40am Fri 11 Apr 14

dorsetyellow says...

Never let the fact get in the way of a good story hey Echo!

The school withdrew their objection when they learned that the club had zero intention of opening during school hours.

Common sense prevailed on the License was granted.
Never let the fact get in the way of a good story hey Echo! The school withdrew their objection when they learned that the club had zero intention of opening during school hours. Common sense prevailed on the License was granted. dorsetyellow
  • Score: 5

8:04am Fri 11 Apr 14

pete woodley says...

Why are some people constantly having a go against Poole Town FC.
Why are some people constantly having a go against Poole Town FC. pete woodley
  • Score: 5

10:08am Sat 12 Apr 14

Steph PTFC says...

I think a public apology by Diana Henderson to Poole Town Football Club is in order here to acknowledge how incorrect this article really is.

As for the quote “We do not wish the children to see drunken behaviour or hear ‘adult’ language" - If people actually took the time to come to a game you would see that there is not 'drunken behavior' and we do everything to prevent 'adult language'. The club is extremely well run and is a family friendly club!

People need to stop making ASSumptions about this club. Before jumping to conclusions come to a game and see for yourself. Its Only £5 on Tuesday 15th April. YOu never know, you might even enjoy the happy and friendly atmosphere.
I think a public apology by Diana Henderson to Poole Town Football Club is in order here to acknowledge how incorrect this article really is. As for the quote “We do not wish the children to see drunken behaviour or hear ‘adult’ language" - If people actually took the time to come to a game you would see that there is not 'drunken behavior' and we do everything to prevent 'adult language'. The club is extremely well run and is a family friendly club! People need to stop making ASSumptions about this club. Before jumping to conclusions come to a game and see for yourself. Its Only £5 on Tuesday 15th April. YOu never know, you might even enjoy the happy and friendly atmosphere. Steph PTFC
  • Score: 4

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