Green light to parties at 16th century manor

Basildon Recorder: Party house – Nevendon Manor Party house – Nevendon Manor

PARTIES have been allowed to continue late into the night at a 16th century manor, after a controversial drinks licence was approved by councillors.

Residents living nearby were left in shock, and some in tears, after Basildon Council’s licensing sub-committee ignored advice from a senior environmental health officer and approved the application for Nevendon Manor, in Borwick Lane, Wickford .

Gwen Moss, who lives closest to the property, left the hearing in tears asking committee chairman David Abrahall: “How could you do this?”

Applicant Jane Aprile-Smith is famed for throwing lavish Halloween parties and fireworks events at the £1million property, she is rumoured to have bought.

The TK Maxx buyer applied for a licence to sell alcohol at the manor, from 8am until midnight seven days a week, with live music, dance, recorded music, films and indoor sport events, including boxing and wrestling.

She said she only planned to hold children’s “fairy” parties, occasional wedding receptions in a marquee, Halloween and Bonfire Night events and a Santa’s grotto, but residents fear having to put up with more parties.

Brian Simpson, 77, from nearby Bromfords Close, said: “I’m disgusted it went through.”

Graham Bannister, the council’s environmental health officer, suggested music at any time would be a nuisance. He also rubbished equipment Mrs Aprile-Smith said she may use to limit noise as “defying the laws of physics”.

David Hook, representing the Borwick Lane Residents Association, set up to fight the application, said it was not even clear where the marquee would go, Mr Abrahall accepted noise was the main issue, but said it was approved providing events were from 8am to 10pm each day.

He allowed 12 events a year to run until midnight and a 2am closing time on New Year’s Eve.

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8:15am Sat 1 Sep 12

Brunning999 says...

That decision is truly awful for neighbours, what the hell is the definition of 'Parties' it is wrong end of.
That decision is truly awful for neighbours, what the hell is the definition of 'Parties' it is wrong end of. Brunning999
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9:53am Sat 1 Sep 12

boom says...

Sounds like a sneaky way to turn the place into an entertainment venue. Disgusted and shocked that she's been given a licence. Shame on the licensing committee
Sounds like a sneaky way to turn the place into an entertainment venue. Disgusted and shocked that she's been given a licence. Shame on the licensing committee boom
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10:31am Sat 1 Sep 12

Soouthchurch59 says...

'applied for a licence to sell alcohol at the manor, from 8am until midnight seven days a week, with live music, dance, recorded music, films and indoor sport events, including boxing and wrestling.'

I'm a bit confused to be honest. How does the above tally with.....

'She said she only planned to hold children’s “fairy” parties, occasional wedding receptions in a marquee, Halloween and Bonfire Night events and a Santa’s grotto,'

....and why does she actually need an alcohol licence?
'applied for a licence to sell alcohol at the manor, from 8am until midnight seven days a week, with live music, dance, recorded music, films and indoor sport events, including boxing and wrestling.' I'm a bit confused to be honest. How does the above tally with..... 'She said she only planned to hold children’s “fairy” parties, occasional wedding receptions in a marquee, Halloween and Bonfire Night events and a Santa’s grotto,' ....and why does she actually need an alcohol licence? Soouthchurch59
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2:02pm Sat 1 Sep 12

Nebs says...

Soouthchurch59 wrote:
'applied for a licence to sell alcohol at the manor, from 8am until midnight seven days a week, with live music, dance, recorded music, films and indoor sport events, including boxing and wrestling.'

I'm a bit confused to be honest. How does the above tally with.....

'She said she only planned to hold children’s “fairy” parties, occasional wedding receptions in a marquee, Halloween and Bonfire Night events and a Santa’s grotto,'

....and why does she actually need an alcohol licence?
It's what the children want these days.
[quote][p][bold]Soouthchurch59[/bold] wrote: 'applied for a licence to sell alcohol at the manor, from 8am until midnight seven days a week, with live music, dance, recorded music, films and indoor sport events, including boxing and wrestling.' I'm a bit confused to be honest. How does the above tally with..... 'She said she only planned to hold children’s “fairy” parties, occasional wedding receptions in a marquee, Halloween and Bonfire Night events and a Santa’s grotto,' ....and why does she actually need an alcohol licence?[/p][/quote]It's what the children want these days. Nebs
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7:19am Sun 2 Sep 12

Brunning999 says...

Nebs wrote:
Soouthchurch59 wrote:
'applied for a licence to sell alcohol at the manor, from 8am until midnight seven days a week, with live music, dance, recorded music, films and indoor sport events, including boxing and wrestling.'

I'm a bit confused to be honest. How does the above tally with.....

'She said she only planned to hold children’s “fairy” parties, occasional wedding receptions in a marquee, Halloween and Bonfire Night events and a Santa’s grotto,'

....and why does she actually need an alcohol licence?
It's what the children want these days.
nice one.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Soouthchurch59[/bold] wrote: 'applied for a licence to sell alcohol at the manor, from 8am until midnight seven days a week, with live music, dance, recorded music, films and indoor sport events, including boxing and wrestling.' I'm a bit confused to be honest. How does the above tally with..... 'She said she only planned to hold children’s “fairy” parties, occasional wedding receptions in a marquee, Halloween and Bonfire Night events and a Santa’s grotto,' ....and why does she actually need an alcohol licence?[/p][/quote]It's what the children want these days.[/p][/quote]nice one. Brunning999
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9:10am Sun 2 Sep 12

kmet2011 says...

Why is it that everone is expecting the worse. I've been to Janes Halloween parties and they've not continued late into the night nor been a lot of noise once fireworks have finished. Just people sitting around enjoying a family evening together. Just because the license covers various events doesn't mean to say they're going to take place. Jane is a very hard working and caring person and would not want to be kept up herself by these so called "late night parties" that people have assumed will take place. Let's wait and see what happens before jumping to conclusions !!!
Why is it that everone is expecting the worse. I've been to Janes Halloween parties and they've not continued late into the night nor been a lot of noise once fireworks have finished. Just people sitting around enjoying a family evening together. Just because the license covers various events doesn't mean to say they're going to take place. Jane is a very hard working and caring person and would not want to be kept up herself by these so called "late night parties" that people have assumed will take place. Let's wait and see what happens before jumping to conclusions !!! kmet2011
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