During the Christmas Season, the Bulletin Board wrote a piece about a new shop that opened at 9 Caledonian Road – Drink, Shop & Do Ltd. It was a "pop-up shop" (just there for the holidays) and it specialised in art and crafts but also offered some food and drink in conjunction with it's activities.
I recently met with the owner, a charming young woman named Coralie who advised me that she and her partner were in negotiations with the owner of the premises (the landlord/owner of Soho Books) and that they were planning to return with a full-fledged permanent shop.
All this sounded fine, until two new elements emerged. The first was that they would be seeking a late-night license to serve liquor and second, and more worrying, they were applying for this license before they signed their lease for the premises.
I found these two items quite worrying since once a premise license is granted, it goes with the shop as compared to being tied to the shops stated activity. This could mean once the license is granted, the shop suddenly becomes something else with a late-night license to serve alcohol! I will leave the possibilities to your imagination.
This situation is not idle speculation as those living along the Caledonian Road might have noticed. In November 2009 USA Pizza and Burrito Bar was granted a Premises License. The premises is now for sale and the advertising board promoting the sale states A3 Premises with Late-Night License – such is the value toward the sale price!
Here are the details of Do Shop & Drink application:
Permit the sale of alcohol between:
11:00 and 00:00 on Mondays to Wednesdays
11:00 and 01:00 on Thursdays
11:00 and 02:00 on Fridays and Saturdays
11:00 and 23:00 on Sundays
Permit the provision of late night refreshment between:
23:00 and 00:00 on Mondays and Wednesdays
23:00 and 01:00 on Thursdays
23:00 and 02:00 on Fridays and Saturdays
As a members of the local community you are able to make a representation about this application. The representation must be received in writing by the Licensing Team (to the attention of Dominic Ping) before 17 May and should state the name and address of the premises named in the application. You comments should refer to one or more of the licensing objectives, i.e:
· the prevention of crime and disorder
· the protection of children from harm
· public safety
· the prevention of public nuisance
I think it's time to make a stand and take a position on just how may late-night establishments we must endure before we can invoke the general concept of "preventing a public nuisance." After all who can better determine what constitutes a public nuisance…councillors who don't live in the area or local residents! Over to our readers…