Big pressure to reject pub

CASULA residents opposed to a pub proposed for their area say Liverpool councillors "have a legal and moral obligation to their community" to oppose it.

Casula Community Group for Responsible Planning spokeswoman Criss Moore says she hopes the councillors will consider the "unprecedented levels of community opposition" the application which is proposed for the current site of the Fontaine Bleau Inn on the Hume Highway, has received.

"This includes a petition from more than 330 primary school students, whose school is only 250 metres from the proposed pub," Ms Moore said.

She said locals were concerned that one of the hotels owned by the same applicant, the De Angelis Hotel Group (DHI), the Macarthur Tavern in Campbelltown, had been identified as being one of the most violent venues in the state.

"Liverpool councillors would have to be very concerned about this record and question the capacity of the business to properly run a high risk pub in what is now a quiet family neighbourhood."

Peter De Angelis, a director of DHI, said the company's goal was to create a family atmosphere at the proposed hotel and there would be plenty of security on hand.

"We will have all of the appropriate security measures and will not allow things to get out of hand," Mr De Angelis said.

"There won't be any live entertainment; no bands, no DJs.

"We're not looking to create a rowdy atmosphere; we will be catering for those people that want to enjoy a quality meal, a quiet drink and maybe a few games on the pokies."

Liverpool Council put the plans on public exhibition in March, but the application has not gone before the council as yet.

A council spokeswoman said staff were aiming for the application to go before the Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP) in August or September. IHAP recommendations go the council for determination.


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