Restaurants and takeaways in Bridgewater town center will be allowed to sell alcohol to customers, provided they purchase a certain amount of food.
Prajith Payyanakkal operates a takeaway foodie at the former Made in Italy store at 3 Binford Place in the town centre, near the soon-to-be-expanded ‘Celebration Mile’.
Payyanakkal applied to the Sedgemoor District Council in November 2022 for a license to sell alcohol to customers.
The Council’s Licensing and Gambling Committee voted on Tuesday morning (January 17th) to grant this license. However, the alcohol was conditional that in one transaction he could only sell to those who bought £20 worth of food.
The panel convened at the City Council’s Bridgewater headquarters after concerns were raised by local residents and the town council about the potential for increased noise and anti-social behavior.
Payyanakkal had originally applied for permission to perform live and recorded music as part of a license, but those elements were withdrawn before the hearing.
He told the panel that agreement had been reached with both Avon and Somerset police departments, as well as the council’s environmental health team, on how the terms of the license would be enforced to prevent anti-social behavior.
“I know people live upstairs and having live music is going to cause problems.
“I don’t think people come to my house to drink and not eat food.”
After a brief discussion in a closed session, the committee announced that licenses would be granted with a proviso to food purchases.
Councilor Polly Costello, who chaired the committee, said in her ruling: of complaints.
“Applicants have allowed the inclusion of live and recorded music,
Performances such as dancing are unnecessary and no longer necessary.
“The only requirement he had was background music that could not be licensed.
“As a result of this concession, the town council withdrew its objection. Its main concern was the disruption to the neighborhood that the inclusion of music would bring to the area.
“There was no reason to believe that [Foodie] Like its predecessor, it may cause additional noise, disturbance or anti-social behaviour.
“Off-sale alcohol sales and deliveries should be limited to those who have ordered food in substantial quantities with a minimum price of £20 or more.
“Alcohol purchased for consumption on the premises may only be served with the purchased meal.”