North London café plan to promote booze goes forward regardless of residents fears it would result in littering, noise, and folks urinating of their doorways

North London café plan to sell booze goes ahead despite residents fears it will lead to littering, noise, and people urinating in their doorways

A new evening café in North London is to open and be allowed to sell alcohol despite neighbours being ‘deeply concerned’ about drunks making noise, littering and ‘urinating in their doorway’. Issues with delivery drivers on mopeds were also raised but Brent Council said there was ‘no evidence’ that this would cause problems.

An application to open the café, called D’Broa, at a vacant premises on Chamberlayne Road near Kensal Rise Station was recently submitted to the council. The owner wanted to open from 7am to 11pm Monday to Saturday and 8am to 11pm on Sundays, whilst serving alcohol from 10am to 10.30pm everyday.

A stream of residents had lodged formal objections to the plans believing it would lead to a rise in anti-social behaviour in the area. One said: “I am concerned about the noise from the building and outside areas, especially if people are drinking and becoming rowdy.”

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The vacant premises on Chamberlayne Road will become a late-night café after plans were approved by Brent Council(Image: Google Maps)

They added: “The patrons may also linger outside after it has closed late at night causing a disturbance, talking loudly, and possibly making a mess on the street. They could also be using the doorways to our buildings as urinals which would be very unpleasant for us residents.”

Another said: “This side of Kensal is the quieter area, and I do believe it should continue to be a family friendly area, as opposed to an area which encourages drunk customers engaging in anti-social behaviour.”

The Metropolitan Police had said it wouldn’t support the application unless the café agreed to a number of conditions, including installing CCTV cameras to cover all of the entrances and exits of the premises, alcohol to only be sold if it’s accompanying a meal, and notices reminding customers to leave quietly.

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