Angmering estate fears crime rise if licence granted

PLANS to grant a soon-to-open entertainment centre in Angmering with a licence to sell alcohol have been met with fierce opposition from villagers living near the site.

Out of Bounds, in Golfers Lane, is still under construction and is due to open its doors to the public in the autumn. Once completed, it will feature state-of-the-art ten-pin bowling alleys, climbing wall, play area for children and Papa John’s Pizza restaurant.

And as part of the development, an application to supply alcohol, late night refreshments, play films and recorded music, is set to be debated by Arun District Council’s licensing subcommittee tomorrow morning (Friday).

However, residents living on the nearby Ham Manor Estate have voiced their opinion of the application which they claim could lead to drunken behaviour as well as an increase in crime and public disorder, locally, if it is approved.

A total of 21 representations against the application have been received by Arun.

In them, Ham Manor residents Ann and Philip Davis wrote: “The disturbance to the people on this estate with loud music everyday and the sale of alcohol, would be worse than having a public house on our doorstep.

“Many of the people who live here are elderly and it would ruin their quality of life, along with extra traffic on the private roads that we, the residents, have to pay for.”

The organisation said it has already agreed to conditions to try and limit any potential impact of anti-social behaviour.

For the full details, see this week’s Gazette (Thursday, August 14).