An application has been submitted by Dudley’s Bakehouse, of 123-125 Kingsland High Street, for a ‘variation of premises licence to extend late night refreshment till 00:00 Sun to Wed and till 05:00am Thurs to Sat and alcohol till 23:30 Sun to Wed and till 04:30am Thurs to Sat and to remove conditions 23, 25 and 33’.
This seems to be a classic example of ‘license creep’. The proprietors originally obtained their current license and planning permission on the basis that they were going to be an artisan bakery (one which, they promised, was even going to make gluten-free bread – a promise that never materialised).
Once it had opened (with over half of the large double-fronted space laid out as such) it became abundantly clear that they were far more interested in being a café and bar. They are now asking to stay open until 5 am, to open up the basement as an ‘ancillary’ space and to remove several conditions from their license. Adding the basement space to what is already a large double-fronted site, in association with extending the alcohol license, would in effect create a very large bar, with the capability of adding substantial numbers of people to the already excessive crowds of drinkers on our overcrowded pavements at night. A license that extends until 5 am would give local residents (including those who live directly upstairs from and behind these premises) no respite at all from the associated noise and disturbance.
The conditions that they want removed from their license are as follows:
- The Licensee shall ensure that all staff are fully trained and made aware of the legal requirement of businesses to comply with their duty of care as regards the disposal of waste produced from the business premises. The procedure for handling and preparing for disposal of the waste shall be in writing and displayed in a prominent place where is can be referred to at all times by staff.
- The Licensee’s premises are situated in an area within which refuse may only be left on the public highway during certain time bands. If the Licensee’s waste carrier cannot or does not comply by collecting the refuse during the present or any future time bands imposed by the waste authority, the Licensee must remove the refuse from the public highway and/or keep it within the premises until such time as its waste carrier arrives to collect the refuse.
- There shall be no takeaways after 23:00 Monday to Sunday.
In other words they want to be able to dispose of their rubbish however they like – presumably by adding to the major problems that exist in the alleyway behind the premises where a number of other food-handling businesses dump their rubbish and which has a serious rat infestation problem, as residents of the flats and bed-sitters above the premises and at the eastern end of John Campbell Road can testify.
The provision of takeaways can, in this day and age, increasingly be interpreted as including permission for allowing orders from online platforms such as Deliveroo and Uber Eats. In this case, this would mean not just the litter on the pavement that encourages vermin and constitutes a public health hazard but also the presence of delivery riders revving their engines outside until 5 a.m.. thus adding to the noise hazard as well.
If you wish to object to this application, write to firstname.lastname@example.org with the address of the premises in the subject line.
Your objection is most likely to be taken seriously if it directly addresses the objectives of Hackney’s Licensing Policy. The four main objectives of the policy are:
• Prevention of crime and disorder
• Public safety
• Prevention of public nuisance
• Protection of children from harm.
The deadline for objections is June 28th, 2019.