Neighbours fear plans will jeopardise Preston’s ‘gem’

Concerns Raised: Plans have been submitted to allow the Pavillion Cafe in Avenham park to open later
Concerns Raised: Plans have been submitted to allow the Pavillion Cafe in Avenham park to open later
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Objections have been lodged to a request for a later licence to cater for weddings in a Preston park.

The Pavilion Cafe in Avenham Park has seen such a demand for weddings that managers applied for permission for it to stay open until 1am.

But neighbours fear the later opening could affect the “tranquillity and peacefulness” of the “gem in the crown of Preston”.

Tribourne Catering Services Ltd wants to change the hours of the sale of alcohol and opening hours from 10am until 11pm every day to 10am to 1am every day. The company also wants to allow for recorded music until 1am.

A decision will be taken by licensing bosses today, and they will consider letters submitted opposing the plans.

Fears include the risk of litter and anti social behaviour, and a “detrimental” effect on wildlife.

One letter said: “Over the last few years there has been a huge amount of money spent on the restoration of both Avenham and Miller Parks and they are now the jewel in Preston’s crown and a haven of peace and tranquillity for everyone to enjoy. We feel that commercial enterprises should not jeopardise this.

“Unfortunately both parks have recently been marred with vandalism and we feel that extending the alcohol licence may potentially cause or add to anti social behaviour and vandalism within the park and surrounding areas.”

Three letters will be considered opposing the plans, and one in support. A letter in support said: “I believe this is a very good idea and will increase the ability of the cafe to respond and cater to various events held in the park.”

A report to Preston Council’s licensing committee said the application had been amended after negotiations with environmental health.

It was agreed music from the venue would not be played at volumes likely to cause disturbance to nearby properties, and activities likely to cause noise disturbance would not be allowed in open areas.

The report said there should be supervision near the premises to control people visiting an leaving, and outside areas should be kept free from waste. It also said smoking areas should be kept clean and tidy, and notices will be displayed at entrances and exits requesting customers respect the needs of residents and to leave the area quietly.