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

Licensing round-up – True Flavours & former South Beach

This coming week, the Licensing Sub-Committee will hear two applications relating to Brixton Hill. These applications were previously reported here.

True Flavours takeawayPopular Acre Lane takeaway True Flavours is applying to extend its hours until 0530 most mornings. Councillors have objected on the basis of public nuisance, given existing nuisance and anti-social behaviour, including noise, loitering and excessive cooking smells.

On Brixton Hill, the former South Beach Bar is seeking to re-open as the ‘Hilltop Function Room’, as a space for weddings and family events with the potential for a cafe or restaurant upstairs. Councillors have made representations to ensure the necessary conditions to prevent undue nuisance and any return to the anti-social behaviour and criminality associated with South Beach.

The Sub-Committee meeting takes place on Wednesday 11 June at 7pm in the Town Hall. The public are welcome to attend although only those who have made a valid representation are able to speak.

Help us produce Brixton’s new licensing policy

whitehorsePart of what makes Brixton an amazing place to live is the breadth of entertainment. Venues like the Academy, Plan B, the Windmill and Dogstar, pubs like the White Horse and Grand Union and the many places to eat like Negril, Upstairs and Brixton Village have put Brixton on the map and created jobs and investment.

But those of us that live here also value a good night’s sleep, safety and security, and to wake up to clean streets and a pleasant environment. Lambeth Council – and indeed many venues themselves – play their part with patrols, clean-ups, inspections and licensing reviews. As members of the Licensing Committee, Brixton Hill councillors Florence Nosegbe and Martin Tiedemann make sure to make best use of the Council’s powers to ensure public safety and reduction of crime and public nuisance. Continue reading

Licensing round-up: champagne, function hall and a takeaway

south-beach-bar-2Several Licensing issues will be heard in coming weeks affecting Brixton Hill residents. Councillors have made representations on these issues and are keen to hear more from residents.

Champagne Lasseaux & Fils

An enterprising local resident is seeking a licence to sell champagne from his home in Maplestead Avenue. The property will principally be used, if a licence is granted, for storage and to make deliveries of internet sales but the application would also allow for members of the public to come to the location on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 12-8pm to buy directly. Continue reading

Review sought of William Hill on Acre Lane after drugs arrests

William_Hill_LogoFollowing complaints raised by residents at the Ferndale Safer Neighbourhood Partnership, the Police served a warrant under S.23 Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 on
17th March at the William Hill bookmakers at 122-124 Acre Lane . Ten people were arrested – five for
possession with intent to supply cannabis, three for possession of cannabis and two members of staff for allowing the premises to be used for drug dealing. Alcohol was also being consumed on the premises.

There was concern that vulnerable persons may be harmed by the consumption of drugs on the premises and as a concern. As a consequence, the Police have sought a review of William Hill’s licence in order to prevent gambling from being a source of a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or disorder or being used to support crime and, protecting vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling. Continue reading

Last chance to make representations on Negril’s alcohol licence

IMG_1210This Friday is residents’ last chance to comment on Negril’s application for a licence to sell alcohol. Currently operating as BYOB, the licence would allow the restaurant on Brixton Hill to sell alcohol with meals until 11pm each night, with an extension until 2am on New Year’s Eve.

More details here (PDF)

Representations can be emailed to Please ensure that you give your name and full address in your representation, as anonymous representations won’t be considered.

It should be noted that applicants will have access to any representations that are made in respect of their application, to allow them the opportunity to respond to the points raised. The applicant and anyone who has made a valid representation will be invited to attend the Licensing Sub-Committee and present their case.

White Sands on Brixton Hill refused licence

south-beach-bar-2At the meeting of the Licensing Sub-Committee last night, councillors refused to grant White Sands – formerly known as South Beach Bar – a licence to become a function hall and restaurant.

The venue on Brixton Hill, owned by Mr Khan of Khan’s Restaurant on Brixton Water Lane, had applied to have live music, sell alcohol and have late night refreshment. Councillors heard from Mr Khan and then from a series of local residents who expressed concern that White Sands would operate as it had previously – a shoddy bar that had attracted criminal behaviour and nuisance to neighbours. Residents also cited a lack of experience by Mr Khan in running such venues. Councillors turned down the application.

Mr Khan promised ‘yoga and poetry readings’ as part of the mix of events at the venue. Given these are activities that don’t require a licence, it is to be hoped that the owners can indeed commit to at least use the site as a new community hub and be an asset to the area without late opening, sale of alcohol or loud music.

Lisboa Grill apply for later hours and live music

chickenLisboa Grill, the long-standing Portuguese takeaway and restaurant previously known as The Gallery on Brixton Hill, has applied for a variation to its licence to open longer hours and to have live music.

Citing increased competition in the area, the restaurant at 246-248 Brixton Hill is keen to expand its activities. This is now subject to an application to Licensing and residents have until 2 January 2014 to make representations. The application can be downloaded here. Continue reading

White Sands – formerly South Beach Bar – has licensing hearing next week

south-beach-bar-2White Sands, the venue on Brixton Hill formerly known as South Beach Bar (and before that as the camping shop), is up before the Council’s Licensing Sub-Committee next week on 17 December.

The venue’s owner, Mr Khan, has already refurbished the premises and has applied for the ability to serve alcohol each night until 11pm and show films, plays, dance and sport and have live music each night until midnight, as a space for functions and events.

The hearing is being held because of objections to the application by the police and local residents. The former South Beach Bar had a reputation for anti-social behaviour, noise nuisance and criminality and was eventually closed after a serious incident. Residents and the police are understandably concerned that this does not repeat itself. The owners have already agreed to a series of conditions by the Council’s noise team but councillors will want to see that the Sub-committee consider whether this location is appropriate for such a venue at all, and how the owners intend to address the serious concerns residents have.

The meeting will take place at 7pm on Tuesday 17 December in Room 8 of the Town Hall. The background papers for the meeting can be seen online.

Veranda Bar forced to close for eight weeks after ‘serious incident’

verandaAt a marathon session last night, Lambeth Council’s Licensing Sub Committee voted to suspend the licence of Veranda Bar on Acre Lane for eight weeks and impose stringent new conditions. This followed a ‘serious incident’ in October and representations by the police and Brixton Hill’s councillors.

The review of Veranda’s licence came about because of a shooting incident at the venue on 19 October. The police expressed serious concerns about how Veranda’s management had failed to prevent the gun coming onto the premises and how they had reacted to the incident subsequently. The police representations can be read here.

Around the same time, Brixton Hill’s councillors had been meeting with residents of Porden Road about major issues concerning anti-social behaviour, public nuisance and concern for public safety, with Veranda’s late-night clientele bearing much of the responsibility and with an inadequate response from the venue. As a consequence Councillor Martin Tiedemann made a representation to the Sub-committee detailing some of these issues and with recommendations for how these could be dealt with on top of the police recommendations in direct response to the shooting. Continue reading