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Plans for Euro 2024 fanzone at Yeovil pub approved

PLANS to create a ‘fanzone’ at a Yeovil pub for punters during the Euro 2024 football tournament have been approved – despite objections from the police.

Landlord Michael Krzyzanowski, of the Great Lyde pub, in Cavalier Way, applied for licenses to host up to 200 in several areas of the pub grounds, including the car park.

The fanzone would feature big screens, an outside bar and outdoor food trucks.

The full list of Temporary Event Notices (TEN) applied for by Mr Krzyzanowski was:
June 14 to 16: the sale of alcohol and live music from noon to 11pm
June 19 to 25: the sale of alcohol and live music from noon to 11pm
June 29 to July 2: the sale of alcohol and live music from noon to 11pm
July 5 to 7: the sale of alcohol and live music from noon to 11pm
July 9 to 10: the sale of alcohol and live music from noon to 11pm

The applications were discussed at a meeting of Somerset Council’s Licensing Sub-Committee (South), where members heard objections from Avon & Somerset Police.

In a submission to the committee, the police said the fanzone would open four hours before matches, with live music on offer two hours before.

“If the outdoor ‘Fanzone’ is not trading until four hours prior to kick off, why is a licence required from noon to 11pm and, if only operational for England matches, why is the TEN required for June 14, 15 and 16?” the force wrote.

“The application makes no mention of live bands or a dedicated stage area,” the submission added.

Police said the pub “continues to experience sporadic disorder related to excess alcohol consumption”.

Plans for the proposed fanzone at the Great Lyde pub in Yeovil

Plans for the proposed fanzone at the Great Lyde pub in Yeovil

“The common denominator of many of these incidents is they take place outside of the pub itself, namely in the car park area,” the police said.

“On most of these occasions, CCTV has not been available, or the licensee, staff or victims have not been forthcoming in providing police with the information required to secure a prosecution.”

The force concluded it would oppose the granting of licences for the fanzone.

“Unfortunately, these types of events do suffer with outbreaks of crime and disorder which can also result in having a detrimental effect on neighbouring properties, communities, promotion of the licensing objectives and police resources,” it said.

“While we strive to support all events in the area, the police believe that on this occasion, should this notice be authorised, then it will undermine the licensing objectives of the prevention of crime and/or disorder, public safety, public nuisance, and the protection of children from harm.”

However, the committee decided to approve the notices, saying the events could have been staged regardless of their permission – so the licences gave more control over the events.

“The Sub-Committee have considered the objections made by the police and Environmental Protection,” the committee said.

“However, they were mindful that the applicant could hold the event without the licensable activities that had been applied for and felt that the granting of the TENS ensured there were better measures in place for the event to satisfy that the licensing objectives would not be undermined.”

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