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Monday, 16 September 2013 (3042937)
Hotel could lose part of its beer garden
by Tom Martin

SEFTON Council are set to decide the fate of the beer garden in the popular Hightown Hotel after plans were submitted to build houses on the land.

The site on Lower Alt Road, which used to be a bowling green but is now a beer garden, could be turned into a residential area with the development of three new houses.

Plans were submitted by Punch Taverns, a company from Burton-on-Trent, on September 12 and a decision could now be made by Sefton Council by October 6.

But concerns have been voiced from the Hightown Parish Council, who claim it could create more traffic and congestion in the area.

The chairman of the Hightown Parish Council, Tim Asbury, said: “I would like to express my concern that we are losing more urban green space to more housing development.

”The road next to the hotel, School Road, is already very busy and the plans will add more traffic.

“It will cause a problem for the point of access because anyone coming from the new houses and want to turn onto the road won't be able to see properly.”

If the proposals are approved, it will also involve a wall being knocked down to allow greater access from School Road.

A spokesperson for Punch Taverns, said: “We can confirm that a planning application has been submitted and we are awaiting the outcome.

”We believe that the land at the Hightown Hotel is currently surplus to requirements and we plan to better utilise the land to benefit the local community.

“We will also retain a significant portion of the pub's beer garden for customers to enjoy.”

A representative from the Hightown Hotel chose not to comment.


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