Fight nights plan for Hylands House

Sporting events such as wrestling and boxing could be held at Hylands House, according to plans drawn up by Chelmsford City Council.

Hylands Park estate, which currently has four different licences, wants to amalgamate additional current licences in to one licence but include indoor and outdoor boxing, wrestling and sports events.

The city council says the inclusion of sports events should give the estate “more flexibility in the future”.

These changes would only apply to events held by the estate. Large events at Hylands, such as the up and coming Creamfields festival scheduled for next year, would still need to apply for their own licences.

The historic estate, which hosts a wide range of events, plays an important source of income for the council.

A £105,000 from Culture Recovery Fund grant was received last year to help it to become more resilient with many activities and functions cancelled.

It has since restarted its programme of small and medium events.

Next year it is hosting the iconic Creamfields dance festival with capacity for 50,000 people.

The introduction of parking fees at the park have been heavily opposed but deemed necessary by the council to help fill a significant budget gap.

Additional permissions on the licence are said to improve its income capabilities.

A spokesman for Chelmsford City Council said: “Hylands Estate and the purpose of this application is to streamline and amalgamate everything into a single licence.

“From a licensing perspective, it makes sense to have one licence: it saves money on administration fees and it means there is one contact and one licence holder.

“At present, the current licences the estate holds are also tightly drawn around Hylands House and The Stables; the new plans would extend the licensable area into Hylands Park.

“To give you an example of why this is needed: under its current licences, outdoor events put on by the estate such as their light trail Enlightened (which starts at the Writtle end of the park), can only serve alcohol at The Stables at the far end of the trail and not at the start of the trail near the Writtle car park.

“In order to do this, the estate must apply for a Temporary Event Notice. A new licence with an extended licensable area would mean this isn’t necessary.

“As part of this review of the estate’s licences, a number of additions have also been recommended to allow for different types of events in the future, which is standard practice when making changes of this kind.

“The inclusion of sports events is one such addition and including this should give the estate more flexibility in the future.

“These changes would only apply to events held by the estate. Big events at Hylands, such as festivals, would apply for their own licences.”

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Piers Meyler

Local Democracy Reporter