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

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Current planning and licensing issues

Here are some of the key planning and licensing issues in the ward at the moment. Residents may wish to make direct representations to the Council or contact ward councillors.

Orchard Primary School

13/04830/FUL: Orchard Primary on Cotherstone Road has put in an application for the demolition of existing non-listed buildings and the erection of 7 new dwelling houses, including new vehicular and pedestrian access.

You can read further details and make a submission here. You can also email planning@lambeth.gov.uk. The close of consultation is 14 November.

Veranda Bar

Following a serious incident which allegedly took place at the Veranda Bar on Acre Lane, the police have referred it to the Licensing Sub-Committee for a review. Details of the review and the police submission are here. A special meeting of the LSC will consider this at 7pm on 6th November at the Town Hall.

Because of the emergency nature of this application, residents only have until Monday 28 October to make representations. Advice is available. To make a representation:

  • By email – licensing@lambeth.gov.uk
  • By letter – Licensing, 5th Floor, Blue Star House, 234-244 Stockwell Road, London, SW9 9SP
  • By fax – 020 7926 6150