A Highbridge club’s bid to stay open until 3.30am for a special event later this month has been rejected.

Burnham-On-Sea.com was first to report last week that Morlands Social Club had applied to Sedgemoor District Council for a one-off Temporary Event Notice on February 24th to stay open for an extra two hours after its usual Saturday closing time of 1.30am.

The request for a 65th birthday party sparked a formal objection from Burnham and Highbridge Police amid concern that the event could cause late night noise.

Members of Sedgemoor District Council’s Licensing and Gambling Panel met on Friday (February 15th) to consider the plans and turned down the application after considering the application and the police’s concerns.

Sgt Ian Kennett of Burnham Police wrote: “I formally object to the event on the grounds that holding the event until 3.30am will cause a public nuisance when guests are leaving the location and cause an inconvenience to neighbours.”

“We also feel that if people are drinking until 3.30am there is an increased risk of crime and disorder. We feel that the licensable hours until 1.30am on a Saturday is adequate for this event.”

The club says the event would have been carefully managed to minimise the impact on the local community.