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Millwall rugby club fighting for licence victory

PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:37 05 October 2010

NEIGHBOURS will be tackling rugby fans head-on for the second time tomorrow night over possible plans for Millwall RFC to extend its booze licence. The rugby club on the Isle of Dogs scored badly with neighbours two years ago when it was given the go-ahe

NEIGHBOURS will be tackling rugby fans head-on for the second time tomorrow night over possible plans for Millwall RFC to extend its booze licence.

The rugby club on the Isle of Dogs scored badly with neighbours two years ago when it was given the go-ahead to sell alcohol in its clubhouse.

Councillors managed to cushion the blow by insisting booze could only be served up until 9pm from Monday to Saturday and until 8pm on a Sunday, CCTV cameras would be installed and there would be staff on the doors during the weekend.

But some neighbours are calling foul play again as Tower Hamlets' Licensing Sub Committee discuss an application on Tuesday night to vary the club's licence.

Rugby bosses are hoping to win permission to sell booze and play music until 11pm during the week and 10.30pm on Sundays and scrap CCTV and door staff at their clubhouse which is under the abandoned railway arches by Island Gardens DLR station.

Members insist it is "a family club", with any noise well contained because of the adjacent park.

And police say they have had no problems since the booze licence was granted.

But in a letter to the council, neighbours Ishila Bhattacharya and Indraneel Basu Majumdar said: "We feel that with the club being a family club it is not clear why alcohol needs to be served or indeed music played in the premises until 11pm at night even on weekdays.

"We fear that it is not a family milieu that is being encouraged through longer drinking and public entertainment hours."

The meeting of the Licensing Sub Committee will kick-off at the Town Hall in Mulberry Place at 6.30pm.


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