A golf center has been allowed to sell alcohol in more areas, raising concerns that it will turn into a “party place”.
The Brent Council Licensing Committee has given Big Shots Golf Northwick Park the go-ahead to serve alcohol at a new “bunker bar” and playground at its Watford Road site.
This despite fears that it will deter families from visiting and could lead to an increase in anti-social behavior in the area.
Brent’s advisor Gaynor Lloyd told the local resident licensing meeting that she was “horrified by this [the] building turns into ”.
She said the center is in a “sensitive area” and, since it is not in the city center, is less guarded and sees most people arriving by car, which can cause noise and problems. traffic.
Cllr Lloyd said families might feel “left out” with alcohol being served throughout the venue.
She added that Big Shots’ claim that this was a place to “light up the neighborhood” – as stated on its website – was inconsistent with a family place.
Cllr Lloyd said there had been “drug use” and “sexual activity” issues in the nearby parking lot and suggested this new license could make those issues worse.
She added that depending on people arriving by car could lead to an increase in cases of drinking and driving.
For Big Shots, attorney Jeremy Phillips said the place was “still a community place,” but wanted to respond to modern trends.
Mr Phillips explained that there had been a £ 1.8million investment in the site, a place he said the board “should be proud of”.
He said: “It is a very professional organization, which will be monitored very effectively. Any violation of [licensing] conditions is inconceivable.
Big Shots chief executive Dominic Taylor said he was following an experienced model developed by Topgolf, which opened its first UK location in Watford over 20 years ago.
He said he wanted to “encourage” families to visit and “develop the game of golf” by providing a variety of facilities at the site.