Pub sparks fight over outdoor TV
NEIGHBOURS are objecting to a request for drinkers to be allowed to use the beer garden of the White Hart in Castle Row, Canterbury, for an hour longer at night.
Families living near the pub say that allowing the garden to stay open until 11pm, and removing a condition banning an outside television set, would lead to unacceptable levels of disturbance.
Pub bosses say the TV is no longer needed but opponents say that, because the licence applies to the premises rather than the managers, the scheme must be blocked.
They are supported by Westgate councillors, including Ida Linfield.
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In a statement to the licensing panel, who will consider the application at a meeting on Tuesday, they said: "While the current landlord has our full support for the work he has done in the local community and the manner in which he runs the pub, we are aware that any licence goes with the premises and not the person.
"There is a well-documented history of public nuisance attached to the use of an outside television in the garden of these premises."
Objector Brian Graves added: "Residents suffer already from a nightly rout of revellers. Any extension will exacerbate an existing problem by providing them with a pit stop on their way."
The licensing panel meeting starts at 11am on Tuesday at the Guildhall in Canterbury.