Lightwoods Park has been granted a full licence by Sandwell Council's Licensing Committee to enable the Friends Group to carry on with plans for more events like last month's drive-in movie.
An objection from a local resident to a hearing at yesterday's meeting of the Licensing Panel threatened to limit events in the park until no later than 9pm on the grounds of public nuisance to residents whose homes border the park. The objection also sought to restrict the events to prohibit them from taking place on the park extension, west of Galton Road.
Richard Marshall, Chair of the Friends Group told the Bearwood Blog, “Both of these restrictions would have made any future drive-in movie events impractical. The screenings require a minimum of dusk, and preferably darkness, and the events need to take place when it is relatively warm, which in this country limits us to Spring or early Autumn. If it doesn't start to get dark until 8pm then a 9pm finish is obviously a non-starter. In addition, the lower section of the park can not take sufficient cars to make it financially viable.”
In granting the permission the Licensing Panel said the events must finish by 10.30pm and the park cleared by no later than 11.30pm, and neighbouring properties should be notified in advance of upcoming events. Environmental Health will also be asked to monitor noise.
Councillor Bob Piper said, “I appreciate the objectors' concerns, but the feedback from the Grease event was almost entirely positive, with only a single person complaining. The organisers did everything they could to minimise nuisance and I am very pleased that Licensing have taken the decision they have.”