‘Not on our street’

NEWS'Cllr Harry Harpham with residents opposing the licence application at Olivers Mount
NEWS'Cllr Harry Harpham with residents opposing the licence application at Olivers Mount
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A COMMUNITY in Sheffield has launched a campaign against plans to site a bar on a junior football club’s playing fields.

Residents of Olivers Mount, Darnall are furious about proposals that would see alcohol being served on the site of Handsworth Junior Sporting Club’s ground at the end of their road.

The club has submitted an application to Sheffield Council to serve drinks until 2am on Friday and Saturday, and until 11pm during the week.

But neighbours are up in arms about the proposals, saying they will increase trouble, traffic and noise on their quiet residential street.

Olivers Mount resident Karoline Mellors, a 36-year-old mum-of-two, told The Star: “We have had considerable problems with traffic already - they speed up and down the road. This will make it worse and we don’t want that.

“There are young children on the street and many elderly people and it’s dangerous. The fact they are opening until 2am will bring people here late at night after the pubs close.”

Many neighbours have written to the council to oppose the drinks application.

The licensing committee will meet on September 8 to discuss the football club’s plans and residents’ concerns.

Darnall councillors Mary Lea, Harry Harpham and Mazher Iqbal have written a joint letter to the committee backing the objectors.

They raised fears about traffic safety and nuisance from music.

They wrote: “Our understanding is that during the planning stage and consultation, which took place as the club opened, there was a pledge that alcohol was never going to be part of the business plan.

“This club is solely, in our view, for the sporting development of our young people.

“Any additional use would detract form this and would not be in keeping with what the original funders intended.”

The club declined to comment when approached by The Star.