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Concern over plans for hall.

Byline: IAN JOHNSON @Ian_JohnsonGaz

IT hosts Slimming World, bridge nights and the odd ceilidh.

But locals fear Yarm Fellowship Hall - a former house of God - will soon resemble something more akin to an Ibiza rave.

"Several times my neighbour and I have had to wash away vomit from the paths," said one neighbour.

It is the sort of complaint you would usually associate with a rowdy nightclub. But plans for the former place of worship to potentially stay open until the small hours are causing concern among locals.

The venue's operator wants to be able to play live music from 8am until as late as 1am at weekends.

But neighbours object, stating that could prove a "major intrusion to a peaceful existence". "I could be living practically next door to what could become a venue for 51 hours of nonstop 17-hour sessions," added an elderly resident.

in postcodes But the man Cheshunt Fylde Glasgow e ld spearheading the plans is having none of it. "Some people are saying we are going to turn it into a nightclub - how ridiculous can they be?" asked Peter Monck, chair of the Yarm Fellowship Committee.

He said he is ready for a battle to get the plans passed by Stockton Council's Statutory Licensing Sub Committee.

"What gets me is these things they claim have happened never get reported back to the committee - if they made a complaint we would deal with it," he added.

"Some of the people who have complained actually hire the hall for events themselves!

"And we try and be good neighbours but some of these comments are appalling."

And there are a lot of comments, from objectors concerned users are leaving cigarettes and beer cans strewn in neighbouring gardens.

But for Mr Monck, he said there is no sinister motive behind the extension plans. Ultimately, he just wants it to be easier for people using the community hall to have a good time.

"There is a salsa night once a month and they want to sometimes carry on after midnight, but to do that they need to get a temporary event notice, but we are only allowed so many a year," he said.

"We were told instead of applying for them, why not get an extension?" The plans will be decided by councillors at Stockton Town Hall on Tuesday, November 21.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Nov 13, 2017
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