VILLAGERS are trying to block a sports club from getting an extension to its drinks licence.
Lepton Highlanders Sports and Social Club has asked Kirklees Council for permission to serve alcohol until 2am, seven days a week.
But thirteen residents have objected to the proposal at the venue in Wakefield Road, Lepton.
The club is currently open from 7pm to 11pm Tuesdays to Fridays, midday to 11pm at weekends and closed on Mondays.
Bob Kuleczko of Far Croft, has written to Kirklees Council to object to the plan, saying: “Lepton Highlanders has exhibited gross disregard on several occasions for the residents of this area by causing great disturbances, which have continued into the early hours of the morning.
“They do this by playing ‘music’ which is not only heard but physically felt as vibrations in our homes.
“Imbibers take time to disperse, shouting, revving bikes and using abusive language, which can be heard over the open fields with great clarity.”
Mr Kuleczko’s neighbour, Graham Whitcroft, has also written to Kirklees to object.
He said: “On a few occasions throughout the year there is loud music that is easily heard from our bedroom but we have tried to be tolerant.
“On the last occasion, my wife resorted to using earplugs and I withdrew to a single-bedded room on the opposite side of the house.”
Clare Adam, of Far Croft, has also objected to the proposed licence extension.
She wrote: “At present there are maybe six events during the summer which extend into the night.
“That is fine, but to have carte blanche to hold events until 2am every night and every Sunday is too much.”
However, club chairman Nick Turner pointed out yesterday that Lepton Highlanders was not surrounded by houses.
He said: “There’s one bungalow at the entrance, but the next nearest house is approximately a quarter of a mile away.”
Mr Turner said Kirklees Council had told the club to apply for the licence change.
He added: “There has been no outside music at the club for the last two years.
“Since I became chairman four months ago the situation has improved dramatically and no-one has made me aware of any incidents.”
The Kirklees Licensing Panel will make a decision on the application at Huddersfield Town Hall at 11.45am on Wednesday, March 9.