DALGETY Bay Bowling Club has been granted an extension to its alcohol licence despite 15 objections.

It will be able to serve booze from 9am on Saturdays and Sundays, and up to 1am, after an application to Fife Licensing Board was approved last week.

Club president Jim Connor said they were seeking flexibility and explained: “We hold two major events each year that start at 9am.

“In the past, we’ve asked, and been granted, extensions. In the evenings it is for flexibility – nothing else.

"If there’s a need to stay open we will but we don’t envisage people staying until 1am every Saturday morning.

“We’ve decided to ask for the extension as the events are weather-dependent and if they are cancelled at the last minute it’s a hassle to move the licence.”

Licensing standards officers confirmed that the last noise complaint was in February 2013, and the club had already stopped hosting bands.

Councillor Gavin Ellis asked: “Did any of the residents ever come and meet with you to complain?”

Mr Connor confirmed that only one  had complained and it had been an ongoing issue.

Councillors agreed to allow the extension to the licence for club events only.