24/7 off licences on Brixton Hill forced to reduce hours

The Licensing Sub-Committee last night imposed strict new conditions on two 24-hour off-licences on Brixton Hill. Council officials and the Police applied for the shops to be reviewed following allegations of serious breaches of their conditions, including the employment of illegal workers in both cases and the lack of proper security and management in one case in an area of high public nuisance.

Both cases were settled following negotiations between the shopowners, the Police and the Council. While no side got entirely what they were after, consensus was reached on a set of new conditions to ensure proper employment methods, measures to deter street drinkers and a reduction of hours so neither shop is open overnight. The allegations were particularly serious and the Police and Council had initially asked for the licences to be revoked altogether, so this compromise allows the businesses to continue trading on the condition that the issues are resolved.

Premier Food & Wine at 112 Brixton Hill will now be open until 11pm Sunday to Thursday and until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Costcutter at 98 Brixton Hill will open until midnight Sunday to Thursday and until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays, and they will also ensure that they install a door and shutter so the premises can be secured overnight.

Cllr Martin Tiedemann was able to address the committee and a number of local residents made representations in writing that the committee took into account before signing off the conditions.

Next Your New Town Hall construction forum takes place on 4th April

YNTH-sketchAs construction works continue on the Town Hall and new Civic Centre, the developers and Council have issued details of the next construction forum for for the local community, residents and businesses to raise issues and hear about next steps.

Following on from the 3rd Neighbourhood Construction Forum, which was held on Thursday 1st December 2016, the 4th Neighbourhood Construction Forum will be held on Tuesday 4th April 6pm-8.30pm at Morgan Sindall’s Site Office, Ivor House, 1-9 Acre Lane.

The purpose of this Forum is to have regular, productive communications between the contractor and the local community throughout the construction period. This will be a meeting where issues or concerns can be raised, and dealt with, ensuring that everyone is kept up to date with what is happening on site.

Those interested should confirm attendance to Dalia.Islam@morgansindall.com or 07976 587 990 by Friday 31st March 2017 the latest.

Letter sent to Mayor re dangerous junctions following another serious accident

Cllr Martin Tiedemann has written to Sadiq Khan regarding dangerous junctions on the A23 Brixton Hill following another accident last month that has left a cyclist with serious injuries.

Three years ago, Cllr Tiedemann wrote to the previous Mayor, highlighting the junctions of Brixton Hill with Brixton Water Lane/Trent Road/Lambert Road/Josephine Avenue. These junctions, which comprise part of London Cycle Network Route 25, were originally prioritised for action but were subsequently dropped from Boris Johnson’s plans. Now, with a new Mayor and further accidents, Brixton Hill’s councillors are calling for urgent action. Continue reading

Brixton Hill featured in the New York Times “proving that cool doesn’t have to come with a high price tag”

ny-timesBrixton Hill has been featured in the New York Times Travel section as an up-and-coming destination, the pitch being that our locally-owned businesses “are successfully eschewing the onslaught of gentrification and proving that cool doesn’t have to come with a high price tag.”

The article highlights the stretch of Brixton Hill around the White Horse, including Alkaline juice bar, the Fish Lounge, Negril, F.Mondays and Kata Kata.

One local resident told the NYT, “It’s the music and cultural history that made all the developers want to come to Brixton in the first place. On Brixton Hill that creative community spirit is still alive; this area is for real people.”

Francklin of Kata Kata said he appreciates the authenticy of Brixton Hill. “My customers are local and happy to be in a place that is relaxed and fair with basic prices and honesty. That’s what this area is really good at, it’s honest… we want to keep Brixton Hill as it is. It should be the place where a 60-year-old resident can spend an afternoon across the table from a local politician.”

Review of licence of Costcutter on Brixton Hill

Costcutter at 98 Brixton Hill is subject to a review of its licence following reports of sales to street drinker and of an illegal worker employed at the shop. This comes hot on the heels of the licensing review of Premier Food & Wine at 112 Brixton Hill.

This was part of an investigation by the Council and Police into 24-hour off licences, which they tell us are disproportionately associated with criminal offences in the area. Employment of illegal workers means that those employees are not subject to other rights at work and are easily exploited and can betray a lack of commitment to other laws. Street drinking and associated public nuisance is frequently reported in the area and Lambeth relies on properly run shops and venues to help deal with the issue.

The Council has therefore sought to deal with these serious offences by revoking the license. The details of their case can be read here.

The review will be considered by the Licensing Sub-Committee at a future meeting. Interested parties can make a written representation by emailing licensing@lambeth.gov.uk by 24th February. Residents can also contact councillors should they wish for representations to be made on their behalf. Representations should address the licensing objectives:

  • Preventing crime and disorder;
  • Public safety;
  • Preventing public nuisance; and
  • Protecting children from harm.

Licence review of Premier Food & Wine on Brixton Hill

img_7364Premier Food & Wine at 112 Brixton Hill is subject to a review of its licence following the discovery of illegal workers employed at the shop and sleeping in the premises. This was part of an investigation by the Council and Police into 24-hour off licences, which they tell us are disproportionately associated with criminal offences in the area. Employment of illegal workers means that those employees are not subject to other rights at work and are easily exploited and can betray a lack of commitment to other laws.

The Council has therefore sought to deal with these serious offences by revoking the license. The details of their case can be read here.

The review will be considered by the Licensing Sub-Committee at a future meeting. Interested parties can make a written representation by emailing licensing@lambeth.gov.uk by 13th February. Residents can also contact councillors should they wish for representations to be made on their behalf. Representations should address the licensing objectives:

  • Preventing crime and disorder;
  • Public safety;
  • Preventing public nuisance; and
  • Protecting children from harm.

 

New pizzeria planned on Brixton Hill – alcohol licence applied for

High Spirits, Brixton HillThe owners of 105 Brixton Hill, until recently the ‘High Spirits’ off licence and convenience store, have applied for an alcohol licence to be able to serve alcohol in a restaurant setting. The application is under the title of ‘Pizza Brixton’, giving some clue about the likely type of restaurant planned!

The application requests sale of alcohol throughout their opening hours – 11am to 11.30pm every day.

Representations objecting to or supporting this application, or suggesting conditions for a licence, can be made by emailing licensing@lambeth.gov.uk by 17/11/2016.

More information here. Comments should address one or more of the licensing objectives:

  • Preventing crime and disorder;
  • Public safety;
  • Preventing public nuisance; and
  • Protecting children from harm.

Adams Cafe applies for alcohol licence

screenshot-2016-11-07-10-59-00Adams Cafe, the sandwich bar and coffee shop at 86 Brixton Hill, has applied for an alcohol licence. Their request is to be able to serve alcohol alongside meals to seated guests with waiter service, between noon and 10.30pm each day except Sundays until 10pm.

Representations objecting to or supporting this application, or suggesting conditions for a licence, can be made by emailing licensing@lambeth.gov.uk by 18/11/2016.

More information here. Comments should address one or more of the licensing objectives:

  • Preventing crime and disorder;
  • Public safety;
  • Preventing public nuisance; and
  • Protecting children from harm.

Brixton Hill off-licence applies to go 24-hour

license1Top Joe’s, who have taken over UK Food & Wine at 262 Brixton Hill, have applied for the ability to sell alcohol 24 hours, seven days a week. Currently sales of alcohol are only permitted 8am to 11pm through the week and 10am to 10.30pm Sundays.

Last year the Licensing Sub Committee placed strong restrictions on the licence of UK Food & Wine after representations by the Council, Police and Cllr Martin Tiedemann. There were reports of sexual harassment, public nuisance and crime at the area, exacerbated by the sale of alcohol especially high strength alcohol and spirits. The store was found to be selling smuggled alcohol and there were other management issues. At the hearing, Licensing members decided to restrict the kinds of alcohol the store could sell and make other provisions to ensure the management kept to their responsibilities.

The new management are now seeking approval to extend the hours. Residents can make representations, either for or against, by emailing licensing@lambeth.gov.uk – any representation must relate to at least one of the licensing objectives: preventing crime and disorder; public safety; preventing public nuisance; or protecting children from harm.

The deadline for representations has been extended to 15 October 2016.

Katakata alcohol licence application

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Katakata, the cafe at 134 Brixton Hill, has applied for a licence to sell alcohol.

The application is to sell alcohol from the cafe between 12 noon and 9pm each day, 7pm on Sundays.

Residents have until 27th July to make comments. This can be done online at https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/forms/comment-on-a-licence-application-form