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Panel approve booze application for Hoylake's Pebbles promenade cafe
THE owner of a planned seaside cafe on Hoylake promenade has been granted a provisional licence to sell alcohol on the premises.
Gary Watson's plans to convert the former toilet block at the end of Trinity Road into "Pebbles Cafe" were approved in February 2011.
An application for a provisional drinks licence was granted by councillors on Wirral's Licensing Act 2003 Sub-Committee when it met at Wallasey Town Hall this afternoon.
It means Mr Watson can now apply for a Premises Licence.
The matter was due to be decided in August, but the meeting was adjourned after a councillor on the panel made a declaration of interest.
Opponents were concerned the granting of a licence would lead to public nuisance and more than 70 people had signed a petition against it.
But a campaign in favour has gained support from than 500 signatories.
After deliberating the matter for more than 40 minutes, the committee - chaired by Bidston councillor Harry Smith, and also Cllr Tony Norbury (Prenton) and Claugton ward councillor Denise Roberts, granted the provisional statement.
Mr Watson told the Globe after this afternoon's meeting: "It's an excellent decision, after a long period of deliberation, but I can say that commonsense has prevailed. The premises will be run very, very successfully.
"Fears of vandalism, damage and late night rowdiness you can forget. They will never happen, not while I’m there anyway.
"We can forge ahead now. Unfortunately, because of conditions of planning we cannot really start work until the beginning of the New Year at least, but our plan is to be open by the 'Open'.
"The toilets were declared 'surplus to requirements' by the council in 2005.
Addressing the campaigners at this afternoon's meeting, committee chairman Harry Smith said: "You did not really present a 'silver bullet' to prevent us granting the application for a provisional licence.
"If you do get a rise in noise and disturbance you can always come back and seek a review."
In a joint statement the six campaigners who attended the meeting told the Globe: "We're very disappointed.
"The committee has said we didn’t provide them with the ‘silver bullet’, but the outcome of proceedings is exactly what we anticipated, because they don’t seem able to overturn any kind of licensing application.
"There was no consideration for the environment of the area. They haven’t even been to see the area."
Among the campaigners was Sue Boston, from nearby Trinity Road.
Addressing the committee, she said: "I'm proud of Hoylake and what has been done in the town recently.
"A cafe is fine, but not a place to sell alcohol and play music.
"We've already got enough bars in Hoylake. The Blue Anchor is struggling and the Punch Bowl has closed down, why do we need another licensed premises?"
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