Brixton Hill off licence Kwik Stop forced to end 24-7 alcohol sales

kwik stopFollowing a review instigated by Lambeth Council Trading Standards, the Licensing Sub-Committee has agreed to put new conditions on the Kwik-Stop Food & Wine at 72 Brixton Hill that mean it will no longer be able to sell alcohol overnight.

The latest review was instigated following the discovery of an alleged illegal worker in the shop. The apparent employment of the same man at nearby Costcutters (which has the same owners) led to that shop having its hours reduced earlier this year. A previous review of Kwik Stop in 2015 imposed new conditions that did not appear to have been stuck to since then. Both the Police and the Council in their submissions linked the low sales associated with opening overnight with the move to employ illegal workers. Local residents also made submissions, some in support of the shop but more stating that the off licence contributed to nuisance, noise and street drinking.

After hearing the submissions and making its deliberations, the Licensing Sub-Committe decided:

  • To remove Zaffar Khan as the Designated Premises Supervisor; and
  • To modify the operating schedule for the premises so as to reduce its opening hours to 08:00 and 23:00.

The premises have until late July to appeal this decision.

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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.

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

Lambeth’s enforcement team seek to review licence of Serenity Wine Bar

Lambeth Council team dealing with noise and enforcement has made an application to review the licence of Serenity Wine Bar & Restaurant, where there have been several complaints regarding loud music and gathering of patrons outside late at night. Despite meetings organised and warning letters sent, the managers have failed to engage in any way with the Council and residents have continued to complain.

The enforcement team has therefore made an application to amend the licence of the bar to mean that only background music may be played; the hours will be restricted to 11pm every night; late night refreshment will not be allowed; and should any event licences be granted it will be with strict safeguards.

The review will go to Licensing Sub-Committee in the new year. Residents have until 12 January to make their views known. Comments can be emailed to licensing@lambeth.gov.uk and should address the ‘licensing objectives’ – preventing crime & disorder; public safety; prevention of public nuisance; and protecting children from harm. Full details of the review will appear here soon.

Streatham Place McDonald’s refused permission to open 24 hours by Lambeth

McdonaldsFollowing representations by local residents and Brixton Hill councillors, Lambeth’s Licensing Sub-Committee turned down an application by McDonald’s to extend the opening hours of their restaurant on Streatham Place (the South Circular) to 24 hours a day.

Local residents including the residents association complained that 24-hour opening would mean that bright floodlights lit up the houses backing onto the site at unacceptable times of night. There would be a potential increase in noise nuisance, including from drivers and deliveries, and in litter, which are both already matters of concern during ‘normal’ hours in the area. Continue reading