Barbie Green – applies again for licence variation
For those who may not be aware, Barbie Green (2 London Wall Place) has recently submitted an application for a variation of its licence “to permit the sale of alcohol on and off the premises 9.00am – 10.30pm Monday – Sunday”.
By way of background, it may be recalled that Barbie Green applied for a similar variation in June 2020 which was “to add off-sales between the hours of 11.00am and 20.00pm Monday to Sunday”. There were many letters of objection submitted both by local residents and the Barbican Association on the grounds of the Prevention of Public Nuisance, in particular:
– concerns over noise disturbance in a predominantly residential area, particularly at night and at weekends, given that the premises are within line-of-sight of many Barbican flats, particularly Andrewes and Willoughby Houses
– concerns that off-sales would encourage groups of people to drink in an area of historic value and the associated fears of damage
– concerns over security and policing
– concerns over hygiene and lack of toilet facilities
6 residents made personal representations at the Licensing Committee meeting of 12th August 2020 when this application was debated, urging the Committee to “amend the timings within the initial application to reflect the fact that this is a heavy residential area with people who work from home and children who need to get to sleep on school nights and also to fall in line with the opening hours at their other premises”.
The Committee retired to discuss the application and concluded “The Sub Committee sought to strike a balance for residents and the business, and it was the Sub Committee’s decision to grant the variation of the premises licence to permit off-sales between the hours of 11:00 and 18:00 Monday to Friday only with no off-sales at the weekend”.
The full text of the meeting can be viewed here
Current application seeking even more extended hours
The current application asks for even more extended hours than those applied for and rejected in June 2020. The June 2020 application sought to add off-sales between the hours of 11am to 8pm Monday to Sunday. As we have already advised, the current application seeks to “permit the sale of alcohol on and off the premises 9am to 10.30pm Monday to Sunday”.
Yet conditions have not changed and all of the arguments/objections presented to the Committee last year remain valid. We would therefore urge residents to once again object to this application for all of the reasons expressed above. We see no absolutely no reason for extending the hours of operation, especially not for seven days a week, and we urge the Licensing Committee to stand by its original decision.
How to make an objection
The last date for objections is 14th December 2021 and anyone wishing to oppose the application must give notice in writing to the Town Clerk, City of London, Guildhall, London EC2P 2EJ specifying the grounds of opposition.
The full application from Barbie Green can be viewed here