Care home drinks to licence success


Leeds care home Donisthorpe Hall has received a renewed alcohol licence for fundraising functions after neighbours were persuaded to drop their objections to the city council.

Prior to Tuesday's decision, a Donisthorpe trustee, Geoff Caplan, met local residents who had raised concerns over potential noise disturbance and anti-social behaviour.

One complainant had argued that it was "inappropriate and potentially dangerous to allow alcohol to be sold in a building dedicated to the care of elderly people".

But following the meeting, the nine objections to the application were withdrawn on the understanding that the number of events would be limited and that no more than 140 people could be seated at a function.

The licence allows the 182-resident home to serve alcoholic drinks to residents and visitors and to hold up to five fundraising events annually. Should Donisthorpe wish to exceed that figure, it can make an application for "temporary events".

Chief operating officer Jo Crossland dismissed the protests as "a storm in a beer glass", pointing out that non-fundraising events such as residents' birthday and anniversary celebrations would not be affected by the licensing arrangement.

"We now have the Trudi Moss functions suite for family parties and simchahs. We will hold up to eight functions a year and some of them are no more than afternoon tea parties."

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