OBJECTIONS have been raised to a licence application at a guesthouse owned by a city councillor.
Terri Gray is seeking the premises licence at the six bedroom Buckingham House at 38 Hough Green, which is advertised as “Chester's best kept secret”.
“Most people arrive as guests and leave as friends,” according to its advertising.
Mrs Gray has told licensing officers she wishes to supply alcohol on the premises to residents, their guests and to people taking table meals between 11am and half-past midnight Monday to Saturday and 11am and 11pm on Sundays.
The licence would also cover off sales, recorded music, films and late night refreshment.
At 38a Hough Green, Robbie and Janet Stocker describe the Buckingham as a terraced property with residential dwellings on either side.
They do not believe it is suitable for the activities which would be covered by the licence and point out the room set aside for alcohol and entertainment shares a party wall with their home.
Mr and Mrs Stocker say sound from the room is already “quite audible”.
They point out that Mrs Gray allows smoking in the gardens of the guest house and have told licensing officers: “Very often guests smoke just outside of our house in front of our living room window.”
They claimed that Mrs Gray has placed a chair by her front door for smokers and say: “We find this situation objectionable.”
They accept that when they moved to Hough Green more than 13 years ago, Buckingham House was already operating “as a thriving, well supervised and managed guest house”.
Mrs Gray has only recently reopened the premises as a guest house, they say and they have “very strong objections to living in close proximity to a business that is permitted to have drinks and entertainment licences and that in our opinion does not have requisite supervision and management”.
Hough Green Residents Association is also opposing the application.
Secretary Norman Trott believes the mainly residential area does not lend itself to a licence application that allows consumption of alcohol beyond a reasonable hour.
The association is concerned that the granting of a licence would allow similar establishments on Hough Green to adopt identical applications.
It believes there is a risk of general nuisance as it is not clear how the licence would be monitored by Mrs Gray who, it understands, does not live on the premises.
The association is also concerned about parking and noise from the proposed entertainment.
Mrs Gray has told the city council all members of staff would be fully trained in licensing law.
She does not believe any noise from the premises would be audible in neighbouring properties.
The application is due to be considered by the city's licensing act sub committee at a meeting at the Crown Plaza Hotel on Tuesday (October 28) at 10.30am.