London lodge can serve alcohol later at evening regardless of considerations it’s going to maintain residents up

London hotel can serve alcohol later at night despite concerns it will keep residents up

An East London hotel that wanted to serve alcohol to guests until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays has been given the green light despite concerns from residents that they would be kept up at night and would have trouble sleeping. Point A Hotel which is located close to Liverpool Street and is in the London borough of Tower Hamlets, had applied for a new premises licence with the council so it could serve booze from its hotel bar from 11am until 11pm from Monday to Thursday, until 12am on Fridays and Saturdays and until 10.30pm on Sundays.

During a meeting with Tower Hamlets Council’s licensing sub-committee last week (September 12), Matthew Butt KC who was speaking on behalf of the hotel, said the bar would be strictly for hotel guests. Mr Butt told the council chamber: “Unless you have booked and paid for a room at the hotel, you cannot have a drink in the bar, so it is hard to see how this could be more of a restrictive application for a hotel bar.”

He went on to say: “The only people who could drink in the bar are hotel residents, nobody would ever come to these premises just to go to the bar, so [if the licence is granted], it will be confined to those who have already booked and paid for a room in the hotel.” However the plans had been met with 22 objections from local residents, Environmental Health, the licensing authority and two residents’ associations, who were concerned about the possibility of guests being too loud and upsetting local residents.

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Environmental health officer, Nicola Cadzow said in council documents that the hotel falls in the Brick Lane Cumulative Impact Zone (CIZ) and granting the licence could create more problems for the area regarding public nuisance or crime and disorder. Christopher Lloyd of the residents’ association group, SPIRE and was speaking in objection of the plans, claimed the hotel had seen problems with anti-social behaviour (ASB) and noise in the past.

He said: “Post Covid it wasn’t unusual for police to attend to deal with these issues that have either spilled out onto the street or staff have been unable to deal with it at the premises. There was such serious issues [during] this time, extra security was set up by the hotel but it’s longer in place unfortunately.”

Mr Lloyd said a number of social housing tenants live opposite the hotel which is on Folgate Street and feel “very strongly and have lived in that area over many years and have ongoing noise and ASB issues specifically with the hotel.” He argued the hotel should have a temporary licence lasting one year “to try and raise some trust” with residents and the local community however he went on to say that this suggestion had been rejected by the hotel.


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