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Eagle Pub 427 Caledonian Road – late night alcohol and music licence will be opposed

July 13, 2010

The Eagle pub on the corner of Brewery Road and Caledonian Road - directly opposite the Caledonian Estate

Cally Councillors are opposing an application for late-night drinking and music license for the Eagle pub on Caledonian Road.

The pub’s new operators want to serve alcohol until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays, to midnight during the week and until 1am on Sundays.

Councillor Paul Convery has submitted an objection to the license application saying that “the hours sought are excessive and will cause harm to the locality and to neighbouring residents.” He says there is a high risk of crime and disorder because the likely clientele will not be drawn from the permanent population in the locality. They will have little regard for good order and are likely to be drunk and behave in a disorderly fashion.

Councillors suspect that the applicant has a business model which relies on a clientele aged in their late teens or early twenties and that initial market testing for this bar has been aimed at the substantial student population concentrated in purpose-built student accomodation that exists or which is currently being constructed on Caledonian Road and Market Road.

By the end of this Summer, there will be almost 800 student rooms at James Leicester Hall, 34 Market Road and Piccadilly Court at 457-463 Caledonian Road. There is a risk that developers could also win an Appeal against the Council’s refusal to grant planning permission for another 360 new student rooms at 465 Caledonian Road.

The Councillors’ objection says there is a risk of public nuisance arising from a pub that targets a young student or recently graduated clientele. The premises are located opposite the Caledonian Estate a dense housing estate of predominantly social rented tenure. A very high proportion of homes on the estate are families with young children and these residents are certain to experience noise and disturbance from people departing the pub and – most particularly – from people standing outside on the street to smoke. The applicant says that “doors and windows will be kept closed at times of entertainment” but there is no assurance given that, for example, air conditioning or sound proof ventilation has been installed that would obviate the temptation (or even the necessity) to open windows during warm weather.

Finally, Cllr Convery’s objection says that the applicant may not be fit to manage a licensed premise. The limited company which has made this application does not substantively exist or have a trading record. He says that a Companies House search reveals that the sole Director of the company is aged just 25 and has listed his occupation as “student”. Paul says “the Council should have serious doubts as to the credibility, capacity and competence of the applicant to run a pub licensed for alcohol and music.”

Cllr Convery says that this “is underlined by the applicant’s alarming naiveté in misunderstanding the difference between the Metropolitan Police and the British Transport Police.” The applicant claims that there is a police station “situated 20 metres across the road”. This is misleading. The BTP has a divisional facility and prisoner holding centre in the near vicinity. This is quite different to there being a Metropolitan Police operational police station. The BTP does not ordinarily deploy officers to deal with anti-social behaviour or public order problems related to licensed premises no matter how closely located one of their facilities is to a place where officers might be required.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Claire Millington permalink
    July 26, 2010 9:05 pm

    Just to note that the hearing will be held on Monday 2 August, at 4pm, Islington Town Hall.

  2. August 8, 2010 1:58 pm

    The license application was withdrawn after widespread public opposition. The story is reported in the Islington Gazette:

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