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Nightclub late licence revolt by residents near OAP care home

PUBLISHED: 11:45 16 July 2009 | UPDATED: 09:17 12 August 2010

WORRIED residents say they will oppose plans to grant a late-night licence at a nightclub which is just yards from an old people s care home. Owner of Sidcup Bypass Flamingo Park club, Adrian Pollock, wants a licence to serve alcohol and play music unti

WORRIED residents say they will oppose plans to grant a late-night licence at a nightclub which is just yards from an old people's care home.

Owner of Sidcup Bypass' Flamingo Park club, Adrian Pollock, wants a licence to serve alcohol and play music until 3am in the ground floor bar, called The Bank, but residents living nearby say they will try and block the application.

The venue is across the road from The Oaks 112-bed care home which houses elderly people with dementia and other illnesses.

Resident Carol Parris, 61, of Blenheim Court, said: "The idea of a nightclub in a residential area particularly so close to an old people's home is a bad one.

"We feel very worried by it. This is one in a series of applications which seem to go in just about yearly and it always seems to be for something which causes noise. It is upsetting.

"We have been deeply scarred by the boot fair which happens on Sunday because of people parking illegally and running across the A20. It will be even worse with drunk people running across the road. There will be lots of noise and disruption.

"We have nothing against the owner. But the application doesn't take in to account the wishes of the neighbours. There is nothing between Flamingo Park and the houses to block the noise.

"I am posting a load of objections to that licence now. There are so many people who are outraged by it."

Bromley council already granted permission for the club to serve alcohol and play music until 2am in the upstairs bar on Monday to Saturday at a licensing meeting at the Civic Centre on Monday.

Scores of residents are objecting to the proposals for the additional licence. A letter written by manager of The Oaks, Keith Crowhurst, reads: "My main concerns regard potential noise and disruption of people leaving the clubs in the early hours of the morning."

Another, written by Mr and Mrs Maher of Footscray Road, New Eltham, reads: "We do not want or need the added stress of being kept awake with the noise of a nightclub not to mention the noise of the people and traffic at that time of night exiting Flamingo Park."

The decision is due to be made at the Plans Sub-Committee meeting on August 6 in the Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, Bromley.

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