Millbrook garden centre late night licence 'not for rock and roll' nights

Millbrook Garden Centre in Crowborough, East Sussex has prompted concern from residents and councillors after it submitted a licensing application to serve alcohol from 9am to 11pm seven days a week.

Millbrook Garden Centre MD Tammy Woodhouse reassures residents - image: Millbrook Garden Centre
Millbrook Garden Centre MD Tammy Woodhouse reassures residents - image: Millbrook Garden Centre

MD Tammy Woodhouse wants permission to stay open for those same hours and to play live music from 7 to 10pm between Monday and Thursday, and noon to 10pm on Friday and Saturdays.

She said: "The reason we put in this application is because we have a festive evening once a year and we have a jazz club that comes, so I suppose that's live music. But for the sake of honesty, that's as far as it goes and as rock and roll as it gets."

Crowborough mayor Kay Moss said: "If they're just looking to increase lunchtime trade then they could apply for a licence for lunchtime – but it's until later at night and seven days per week. It's a foot in the door – what might happen if it's bought by somebody else?"

Woodhouse responded: "I think there's been a bit of misunderstanding as to what it's for. It's going to be part of the café, which we're expanding, and we just wanted to be able to offer a glass of wine with people's lunch," she said.

The garden centre's opening hours, despite saying 9am to 11pm on the application form, would remain at 9am to 5pm in January and February and 9am to 5.30pm the rest of the year, other than April, May and December, which will see it open until 8pm.

She said there was no other option but to tick the "11pm" box on the application form to allow the centre to open until 8pm during the months it opens later.


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