A VILLAGE’S residents have voiced fears over a pub’s bid to change its licence.

The licensees at the Woodman in Thunderbridge have applied to Kirklees Council’s Licensing Panel for a condition relating to outdoor drinking to be removed.

The condition states that the pub is licensed to sell alcohol for consumption outside the premises in a designated area between 11am and 10pm every day.

Alcohol can be sold for consumption indoors from 10am to midnight, Sunday to Thursday, and from 10am to 1am on Fridays and Saturdays.

The aim of the condition was to protect villagers, who had objected to outdoor drinking being allowed.

Now they are worried that licensees Chennell and Armstrong Ltd want the condition removed so that there will be no time limits on outdoor drinking.

Eight residents and Kirklees ward councillor Christine Smith have written to the panel asking for the application to be rejected when it is heard at Huddersfield Town Hall on Tuesday. They say that drinkers sitting outside cause a noise nuisance late on a night.

Clr Smith said: “They want to have drinking outside the pub and to have longer drinking hours.

“I strongly object to this application and find it quite unbelievable. This is far too near houses.”

One villager has kept a log of outdoor drinking at the pub, from May 25, 2007 until the end of March this year. The main problems outlined were people making noise while drinking outside the pub in a nearby car park until the early hours.

Helen Ilsley said: “I accept that some outside drinking is of economic value, but I do not think this should include the car park.

“I am particularly worried about customers having to cross the busy road to buy drinks. Also children would have to cross the road to go to the lavatory, which I do not think is safe.”