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Crossed wires over mayor's tartan ball?
THE annual Evesham mayoral ball will be held at the town’s football club despite the venue not currently having permission to host this type of event.
Evesham United Football Club has promised to honour bookings including the Mayor’s Tartan Ball on Friday, November 16, even though the Jubilee Stadium clubhouse at the ground on Cheltenham Road does not have permission to host non-football events.
Wychavon’s planning committee will vote on amending the condition preventing these events at a meeting next Thursday. Jim Cockerton, chairman of the football club, said: “When brought to our attention we have made the application.
“We have been trading as our licence allows us.
“We have been advised to carry on as we are. We had the bookings in. If it gets turned down we go to appeal, which means we can carry on until that decision is made. There is no danger of us having to cancel functions.
We are prepared to honour any legal agreement we have signed.”
Evesham mayor Robert Raphael’s ball will raise funds for his charities Wallace House and Evesham Volunteer Centre. He said: “We didn’t know they were restricted on it at the time.”
The club applied to vary the condition but a decision was deferred by Wychavon planners at a meeting last month as the matter had not been discussed by Evesham Town Council.
On Monday, town council members voted to support the amendment. Coun Alan Booth said: “I think we have to protect the venues in the town centre but we can’t do away with competition.
“It is a brilliant venue and all they are trying to do is make it happen.”
But not all were in support.
Coun Andrew Dyke said: “I think the football club should do what they said they were going to do on existing conditions before they amend other ones.”
Wychavon’s case officer Simon Rees has proposed approval and the authority said it was up to the club to ensure it adhered to the current planning regulations.
Jonathan Edwards, development manager, said: “We will investigate any complaint received relating to an alleged breach of planning regulations.
“If a breach has occurred we will consider whether it is appropriate to carry out enforcement action.”