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

Brixton Prison’s new restaurant opens for public bookings

brixton_2684674bBrixton Hill’s newest restaurant opens its doors next week – The Clink in Brixton Prison!

The restaurant will be situated in the three-storey octagonal  ‘Regency Roundhouse’, the 1819 former Governor’s home, which is Grade II listed. The 100-seat restaurant is on the ground floor with meeting rooms above. As well as an opportunity to eat fine food in the prison – already home to the Bad Boys’ Bakery – this is a chance for residents to understand the work of the prison in the rehabilitation of offenders and to see the otherwise hidden old buildings.

The Clink Restaurant is now taking online table reservations for lunchtime bookings and meeting room hire available from Thursday 27 February 2014 onwards at www.theclinkrestaurant.com/restaurants/book-nowReservations will follow the same strict approval process as operated at The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down in Surrey due to the restaurant being located in the heart of the prison. 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 licensing@lambeth.gov.uk. 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