The Star of Kings pub at 126 York Way is seeking to open until 0400 on Friday and Saturday nights. I wrote this issue up for the site with a long comment from the Star of Kings leaseholder Rob Hives. The article also describes in detail how to comment on the application to the council.
I had spoken to Mike a local resident who is objecting and Mike has now sent in to me a long comment:
first I would like to say well done on writing a very unbiased and informative article on the ‘Star of Kings Club’ and reference to the past bad and ugly history here residents have had to endure over the past 10 years now.
‘You hit the nail on the head in one sentence, when you commented on the Pub Premises, regarding the monstrous size of this building, situated in the heart of a fast developing residential area. This Pub was successful in the early Backpacker Pub days associated with the Bagley’s Club nearby operating on Sundays, long before York Way Court and the New Private Flats situated at the junction of Copenhagen Street/York Way were developed.
‘It was an area of industrial land then. But since 2000, when York Way Court families moved in, it quickly developed into a densely residential populated area. The Backpacker Pub and Bagley’s Club, both failed to understand that this area had overnight, turned into a large residential area, and they failed to respect that critical fact, and continued to ignore the complaints of residents and continue as they had always done without adapting and making changes. This as you know, was their mistake/downfall and reason for in the end, moving out the area waved off by residents!
‘Residents voted that they no longer wished to have any association with any form of binge drinking Pubs or Clubs that closed late at night, causing loud noise pollution and other associated anti-social problems from intoxicated drinkers in groups.
‘For a Pub this size that boasts of holding over 400 persons inside and an outside street forecourt; is always going to cause problems late at night followed by complaints ongoing, has no place any longer in this residential Kings Cross area. But a Pub like this cannot survive without having a late night licence to promote what they term nicely and camouflage as, ‘live entertainment and eating,’ which in fact, as we all know, is another term for ‘binge drinking,’ to fill up the Club and make money from getting customers to consume as much alcohol as they can. After that, we all know the story ending!
To return back to the old Backpacker Pub days, will cast an ugly shadow over the newly developed Kings Cross area. Residents and local businesses do not want this. We do not want to become another Club land area for binge drinking, Fly posting will sprout up, drunken revellers will be hanging around late at night in the small gardens area/Shopping parade on York Way, the Canal entrances, having sex, sleeping it off, being sick and urinating every place they can. And when the newly opened University opens nearby, can you imagine all the young fresh students having to learn the rituals of binge drinking and drunkenness! It will make Kings Cross/York Way/Copenhagen Street and other nearby areas an unsafe place to live and work.
‘Already their customers are taking their drinks outside the pub forecourt area onto the public pavements and along the side of the Pub in front of York Way, where family homes back on to, which the manager now calls their ‘new smoking area’ is completely unacceptable. This is a council pavement area – not a drinking extension forecourt area of the Pub? Their licence does not cover this? This really makes local residents angry and fuming.
‘It is so intimidating for residents, children, families, and the elderly to have to ask a crowd of drinkers to move aside when standing and drinking on the public pavement area, especially for ladies and young girls, it’s intimidating and puts fear into residents and passersby and we just do not want this. It is unacceptable. We had all this with the Backpacker Pub and eventually they ended up with 14 pub security doormen staff to control this situation, i.e. public pavements and garden area in front of the shopping parade where they loitered.
‘Will, you know I can go on and on and on about the bad practises of this Star of Kings Pub. I am aghast in the fact that they have alone, tried to increase their opening hours weekdays and weekends until 04.00hrs and Sunday’s until 02.00hrs.This shows they are out of touch with this community and local residents. This is about them making profit from promoting their binge drinking activities.
‘If the Star of Kings Pub is allowed to increase their opening hours, then Kings Cross will be ‘stepping back into the past’ and for local residents, life will be unbearable and intolerable living here. This must not be allowed to happen for the sake of common sense, decency and respect for residents of this area. For private property owners, the prices of their properties will diminish greatly when persons find this is a Club land area of binge drinkers and noise pollution.
‘I have actually seen crowds of men aged between 20 to 45, approximately as many as 10 guys knocking on the Star of Kings Pub at 09.45 hrs on a Saturday morning to start drinking alcohol! Why are they serving alcohol at 09.00hrs in the mornings? Are they working with other drinking establishments when they close to attract them to the Star of kings Pub to continue their drinking sessions? Especially on sporting days. This should not be allowed either. Coffees and soft drinks I can understand.
‘Of course, I am affected by the noise pollution, living only a distance of 30 metres away looking directly on to this Pub and already have to put up with bad behaviour from drinkers attending the Star of Kings pub. But I will be objecting because I love where I live, I love Kings Cross and what it is fast becoming. I am proud to live and work here.
‘I strongly urge all residents reading this Post to object and stop this extended licence application for the benefit of this community and residential area. If you don’t, life will never be the same here again. No peace and quality of life, it will be destroyed and taken away from us. Your support is needed.
Islington resident of York Way Court, N1. (I have lived here for 11 years now)