BY CECILIA BROMLEYMARTIN
CATHOLIC NUNS in Wakefield are heading to court for the second time in two years in an attempt to keep their former convent alcohol-free.
The Sisters of the Conununity of St Peter arc objecting to plans to open part of their old home as a banqueting suite with a late-drinking licence. The nuns sold their convent and its grounds in 1989 to developer John Kirby to cope with increasing financial problems. He then tried to obtain a licence to hold receptions and banquets, but failed when the Sisters persuaded the licensing magistrates that the 130-yearold building was not suitable for such events. Now the Community, living in their former guest house, are fighting him again; they maintain that using the building for late drinking would affect their lives as they live so close to it.
"We don't see any difference between this case and the last one," David Hinchliffe, Labour MP for Wakefield, told the Herald this week. "The magistrates were quite decisive and categoric then, and I don't think the circumstances have changed.
"The nuns' home is right next to the large parking area. With a late-drinking licence, people would be leaving at all times of the clay and night coming to the convent for peace and tranquillity would he a joke."