Published on August 25th, 2015 | by Dean Carr
Somerset café awarded alcohol licence
A village café has been granted a licence to allow it to serve alcohol, despite objections from a number of neighbours.
The Potting Shed café and Farm Shop, in Clevedon Road, applied for the licence as well as trying to get authorisation to extend its opening hours until 10.30pm.
Although the application to extend the opening hours was rejected, the venue will now be able to serve alcohol from 9am-5.30pm on its premises as well as play recorded music and Michael Dilloway, manager, believes it will help the business when trade is quiet.He said: “We have been wanting to do this since last summer as we feel it would help the business during the quieter periods when the nursery isn’t busy.
“We had wanted to be able to open the café until 10pm on occasions as a pop-up venture to help increase revenue during the summer period within the garden and then also during the winter when trade drops.”
A number of objections were submitted by neighbouring residents who made complaints about the potential noise from the music and increased traffic heading on to the busy B3130.
Michael added: “The objections from neighbours were a bit disappointing as it resulted in it having to go to a sub-committee meeting with councillors and the licensing team, including their solicitors, only for the objectors to not even turn up.” The Potting Shed café is situated in the grounds of Golden Acres Nursery which is facing some uncertainty over its future after an outline planning application was submitted for a housing development on the site. If granted, the application would allow the existing buildings to be demolished and six single-storey homes built in their place as well as a single-storey office and 20 parking spaces.Despite the application Michael has confirmed The Potting Shed will continue to trade until January but may look to relocate in the new year depending on the outcome of the application.
Source: North Somerset Times
Author: Liam Jones