Miners’ club gets outside drinking

Easthouses Miners' Club

Easthouses Miners' Club

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Easthouses Miners Welfare Club has been granted a licence to allow outside drinking until 10pm, despite objections from locals.

The approved variation of premises application will also see it change from a club to a fully licensed premises.

An enclosed area at the back currently used for smoking will be used for outside drinking.

Representing the club at last week’s Licensing Board meeting, lawyer Alastair MacDonald, questioned the relevance of objections to the application, which included concerns about children getting through a fence and climbing onto the club’s roof.

He said: “They want to make the club more available to the local community. The other alterations are to expand on the activities that take place in the club. They see that as the way forward.

“The objections as we read them are not in connection with what we asked for in the application.

“They are just general objections. These issues have not been raised before.”

The Licensing Board’s convenor Councillor Bob Constable (SNP), told the objectors in attendance to raise any such issues with police and licensing standards.

Councillor Alex Bennett (Lab), said: “Pubs and clubs in general are going through a difficult time and they have to diversify to survive. At least the local community is getting use of the hall instead of it lying empty.”