Hartlepool club's new bid to extend beer garden opening hours
A club has launched a new bid to extend its beer garden’s opening hours.
Hartlepool United Supporters Club, in the town’s Sandringham Road, was initially defeated in its attempt to permanently use its car-park as an outdoor seated area until 10pm.
Hartlepool borough councillors instead allowed the beer garden to open only until 7pm following objections from both residents and the council’s own officers.
Fears were raised over noise levels after the club was allowed to use the car-park for table service on a temporary basis following the easing of lockdown measures on April 12.
Zoe Craig, from the authority’s environmental protection team, told a council meeting later the same month: ““There is nothing in place to protect the residents from the noise that would come with a beer garden being allowed to be situated here.”
A club member added at the same meeting: “I’m almost 100% certain you wouldn’t want it outside of your front door.”
Now, however, the club is launching a partial appeal against the council’s 7pm restriction.
It will ask Teesside Magistrates’ Court for permission to keep the beer garden open from 11am-8pm from Sunday until Thursdays and from 11am-9pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
The case is due to be heard on Tuesday, June 8, at the Middlesbrough court.
Speaking at the April council meeting, Tony Moore, from the club, stressed that only members and invited guests could drink at the premises, adding: “As a club we and the committee manage our premises to a high standard, and respect our neighbours, which is something we would continue to do.”