Open event will give residents a chance to have their say on bar proposal

St Ives Chapel open day (l-r) Councillors Paul Bullen, and Kevin Reynolds,

St Ives Chapel open day (l-r) Councillors Paul Bullen, and Kevin Reynolds, - Credit: Archant

Residents in St Ives will get a chance to have their say over the future of The Chapel of St Ledger later this month, amid concerns it could be turned into a bar.

The historic Grade-I listed building, in London Road, is currently being considered by Huntingdonshire District Council to hold a premises licence, which could see alcohol served between 6pm and 10pm three days a week.

Concern is mounting though, over the impact the application could have and Cambridgeshire County councillor for St Ives, Paul Bullen, is keen to hear from residents. “We’re inviting people to drop in, come and tell us what you think about The Chapel, and what you would like it to be available for, and not available for, in the future.

“It won’t be anything formal, it will be very relaxed and open for people to come and say what they think. The result of what the public say on the day will be fed back to the county council.”

As owner, Cambridgeshire County Council must grant permission for the chapel to be used as bar, but St Ives Town Council has already dismissed the application.

In a report sent to the district council, it asked how deliveries will follow traffic regulations on the bridge, and says public nuisance could be a problem if people decide to drink outside.

Concerns have also been raised about public safety, water, heating, and toilets at the site.

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A spokesman from Cambridgeshire County Council said: “Members of the assets and investment committee as well as the local member need to discuss the proposal before any decisions about permission can be made.”

Cllr Bullen will be at the chapel on September 23, from 9am-1pm.