The Fleece - Revoke 4.00 am licence. Say NO to Crofters Nightclub

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The Fleece Public House, Warrington Rd, Ashton in Makerfield.

The Fleece Public House made an application to Wigan Council for a licence extension until 5.00 am. A licence was granted until 4.00 am leave by 4.30 am.

This is despite this pub being located in a residential community as well as already having issues to do with noise penetrating into the local residential community which, so far, residents have tolerated/accepted.

We support local pubs as long as they are managed responsibly with the community in mind.

In being granted this licence extension The Fleece Public House announced it was opening a nightclub called Crofters Nightclub in the upper floor of their function room. A launch date was set.

All this was arranged despite the fact that The Fleece had no planning permission for such a proposal confirmed by Wigan Council.

The owners of The Fleece were sent a notice from Wigan Council confirming that to open a nightclub without planning permission is a breach of planning control which may result in legal action.

Despite this warning The Fleece announces/announced it was still opening Crofters Nightclub even though it had no planning permission and had been given a warning.

The planning process is in place to stop unwanted developments in local communities, that proposed developments, if approved, meet requirements but most importantly, rightfully and legally allows residents to inspect any plans, put forward views, concerns and opinions in what is called a consultation period.

A business who proposes to open a nightclub without proper permissions when there are clear detrimental impacts for the local community is wrong when local residents are being denied their right to have a say.

It is wrong that The Fleece was granted an extension to 4.00 am leave by 4.30 am.

The detrimental impacts of such a decision are as follows :-

Noise penetrating into the local residential community until the early hours of the morning. The function room of The Fleece is not soundproofed.

Drunken youth's disturbing residents at 5.00 am. 

Fights, brawls in the street.

Increased anti-social behaviour - shouting, drugs, litter, broken glass, urinating, public sex etc.

Ashton does not need another nightclub with the problems this brings. We do not want pubs in Ashton open until 4.00 am anywhere. There are enough problems with anti-social behaviour already which the police cannot handle.

The Fleece is located in a residential area. Pensioners, families, young children live near by. There is also Ashton's historic church St Thomas' and St Luke's with a very well cared for cemetery/graveyard which should not be jeopardised in any way. Many residents are concerned about whether this location is appropriate.

We want the 4.00 am licence reviewed by Wigan Council and no permission given to the opening of a nightclub at The Fleece.

Thank You

Mike Moulding - Ashton Residents Association