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Nuisance fears over planned micropub in Melbourne

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 19, 2014

By Laura Hammond

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INEBRIATED real ale fans could "spill out" into the streets of Melbourne if new 'micro-pub' is allowed to open in the village, it has been claimed.

South Derbyshire District Council's licensing board has been urged to carefully consider an application to open The Chip and Pin in the former HSBC bank, as a woman living next door to the micro-pub – defined as a small freehouse dedicated mainly to cask ale – says it could cause real issues for people living in the village.

Issues raised with the authority include noise, public nuisance, privacy and public safety.

In a letter to the council, Carole Warburton, who lives adjacent to the new pub in High Street, said: "As a CAMRA pub, this alehouse would be a destination pub for real ale drinkers from the surrounding counties. With such limited space in the alehouse, customers are likely to spill out into the centre of Melbourne, inebriated by the high-strength beer."

She also raised fears about fire safety inside the building, and said the lack of toilet facilities would exacerbate issues with men urinating in the streets.

Noise issues were also raised.

But these potential risks were played down by Elaine Chadwick, who is applying for the licence at The Chip and Pin.

In her application to the council, she said: "The nature of micro-pubs tends to mitigate against antisocial behaviour, as they are not attractive to persons intent on causing trouble."

People under the age of 18 will not be admitted on the premises, and fire safety features will be fitted at the site, she said, in response to other potential complaints about the property.

Noise will not be an issue, she suggested, as there would be no TV, games or music.

"The layout of the building is designed to promote friendly conversation, rather than being reliant on extraneous entertainment," Ms Chadwick said.

If the pub is granted a licence, it will be open from noon until 10.30pm Monday to Saturday, and from noon until 3pm on Sundays.

Cask ale and ciders will also be sold for consumption off the premises.

The licence is due to be considered by the authority's licensing committee next Tuesday.

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