AN ANGRY councillor wants a parish council to “pull the plug” on its lease agreement with Wraysbury Cricket Club.

Datchet, Horton, and Wraysbury Cllr Ewan Larcombe (National Flood Prevention Party) told the Local Democracy Reporting Service he will be tabling a motion at tonight’s (Monday, June 20) Wraysbury Parish Council meeting for them to reconsider its agreement with the cricket club.

This followed a licensing sub-committee hearing on June 7 where the cricket club, which is nearly 100 years old, applied to open, serve alcohol, and play recorded music until 11pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday, and 1am on Friday and Saturday.

Locals living in the nearby residential area The Green lodged objections, saying the loud ‘mind-numbing’ music and screams would make their lives a ‘misery’.

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But Wraysbury Cricket Club chairman Michael Ward said the concerns were “raised more by fiction than fact” and were “heightened by a lot of fearmongering” by individuals.

Cllr Larcombe, who was present at the sub-committee but was unable to speak, said he was “distinctly unhappy” with the club’s licence application and wants the parish council to reconsider its lease agreement.

This could mean backing out of the lease or adding additional conditions to it.

Cllr Larcombe said: “[The hours] are not appropriate for a cricket club in a residential area of a rural village. That’s meant for towns one o’clock in the morning.”

At the meeting, the cricket club said they have no plans to become a nightclub and need these hours to host more fundraising events at the clubhouse. They assured they will be good neighbours to the nearby residents.

But the Wraysbury representative has “no confidence” in the cricket club and still believes the noise will be a “nuisance”.

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He also said the sub-committee was “out of order” for not allowing him to speak on the application because he didn’t submit his representation in time.

A council spokesperson said all persons who made written representations about the application during the 28-day consultation period were told about their right to speak at the hearing in person, or to nominate someone to speak on their behalf, but if they wished to do so they must give at least five days’ notice.

These requirements are set down in legislation that governs licensing hearings and licensing authorities cannot deviate from them.

Wraysbury Cricket Club declined to comment.