DOZENS of people have objected to a Bournemouth social club’s application for an alcohol licence until 1am seven days a week.

Premier Bar and Catering said the move would make the running of Bournemouth Electric Club “more accountable” through having to comply more stringent regulation.

But 37 people have written to BCP Council in objection to the application, saying early hour opening times would make their lives “intolerable”.

The Ringwood-based company’s application will be considered by a council licensing sub-committee on Wednesday (July 8).

The social club has not had a licence since 2011, instead operating under a club premises certificate allowing it to only serve members.

Premier Bar and Catering service director Michael Callaghan said he was “aware” of past issues related to the club but said the situation had improved since his firm took over its running last autumn.

However, dozens of people living nearby to the club’s grounds said the licence would exacerbate issues of anti-social behaviour, such as litter and excessive noise, they have already experienced.

Rosalind and Brian Locke said the changes would be “intolerable”.

“We have never had a problem with this club up until now,” they said. “We knew when we moved that it was there and have tolerated the unpleasant behaviour of some.

“This, however, is a game changer. I would ask if this would be a good thing for the community and the obvious answer is ‘not at all’.”

Concerns have been raised with the council’s licensing department by the three Muscliff and Strouden Park ward councillors, prompting the application to be considered during a hearing on Wednesday.

In a letter to the objectors, Mr Callaghan, said a number of conditions to the licence had been agreed in a bid to be “sympathetic” to people living nearby.

“One of the key conditions we have discussed is that we communicate with residents through a hub where we can inform people of our intentions and can hear of any concerns,” he said.

“Unfortunately, I believe that communication may have been lacking in the past and this is something we intend to ensure we have in place going forward.”

He said discussions with Dorset Police and subsequent new conditions to the licence had prompted it to withdraw an initial objection to the application.

A decision will be made by councillors on Wednesday.