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There are plans to sell booze in a Liverpool park - and some people are NOT happy

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Residents are up in arms at plans for a venue to sell alcohol in a much-loved community park.

A licensing application has been put in for a café that is currently being built in Greenbank Park in south Liverpool to be allowed to sell alcohol.

In 2016, Liverpool Council approved plans for The Potting Shed cafe to be built on the site of the former potting shed at the park's entrance, at Greenbank Road.

The project - which is still under construction - will see the partial demolition of an existing building and redevelopment to create a café for more than 50 people, as well as an outdoor terrace close to the playground and boating lake.

But an application to sell alcohol on the site has been met with stiff resistance from those living close to the park.

Around 400 people have joined a Protect Greenbank Park group on Facebook, which was launched after a notice posted on the site said a license was being applied for to allow alcohol sales to take place at the café between midday and 11pm.

That application has now been amended to limit alcohol sales to 9.30pm at the café - but campaigners maintain that none should be sold on site whatsoever.

A statement on the group's Facebook page reads: "We have found out that the licence application for a cafe in Greenbank Park has been revised to serve alcohol from midday till 9.30pm - 7 days a week.

"We will continue to oppose an alcohol licence in a residential park next to a well used children's play ground, which is also opposite a nursery and hospital."

Scores of parents and their children also turned out for a protest in the park against the idea of the alcohol license for The Potting Shed.

But the developers behind the project have hit back against what they call "defamatory" comments made about them on social media.

A lengthy statement posted on the gates of the site says: "We recently became aware of the campaign to oppose the alcohol license application for The Potting Shed.

"We are saddened to learn of the defamatory comments, mis-information that has been circulated and the subsequent disproportionate comments that have been posted on the social media platforms.

"We recognise that people are entitled to their view and are quite rightly protective of their environments.

"We are also local residents, but we are committed to developing the services of Greenbank Park in a sensitive way."

Responding to comments, the statement adds: "This establishment will not be a blot on the landscape, will not attribute to anti-social behaviour and will not cause problems for children on the playground.

"We believe these statements because it will not be a noisy bar with loud music, we will not be selling cheap alcohol; encouraging people to get drunk and we will not tolerate any anti-social behaviour."

Anyone wanting to comment on the licensing application can email licensing2003@liverpool.gov.uk by Friday, August 3.

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