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Outrage at late licence bid

PUBLISHED: 15:17 23 April 2009 | UPDATED: 13:32 24 August 2010

by Will Davies Residents on a family estate are up in arms after a nearby hotel applied for a late license to play loud music and to sell booze until 5am. People living in Tollgate Gardens Estate in Oxford Road, Kilburn, fear the applicat

by Will Davies

Residents on a family estate are up in arms after a nearby hotel applied for a late license to play loud music and to sell booze until 5am.

People living in Tollgate Gardens Estate in Oxford Road, Kilburn, fear the application by the Quality Hotel, which is currently being built 20 metres around the corner in Kilburn High Road, will ruin their lives.

They are worried drunken revellers will spill out of the venue in the early hours, shouting drunkenly, littering and clogging up parking spaces.

In a petition residents said it was 'totally unreasonable' to apply for a permit to sell alcohol and play music so late into the night.

The petition said: "The residents who live on Oxford Road and Cambridge Road deserve protection from the late night revellers who will descend to collect their vehicles in the early hours."

Peter Walker, who lives in Godwin House, said: "The Westbury already has a late license until 2am when smokers on the pavement think nothing of screaming and shouting in the early hours.

"There are a lot of residents in the immediate vicinity of Quality Hotel and much as we are pleased to see the area being cleaned up and brought up-market, we can do without music 24/7 and is it really necessary to serve liquor 24/7?"

Cllr Alistair Moss, Maida Vale ward, said the estate already suffers from anti-social behaviour in the evenings, which led to a large fence being built around the perimeter to stop people congregating.

He said: "The gardens to the estate, for some reason, attract people to them and this is still a problem. Any increase in drinking hours at any nearby establishment is likely to lead to a worsening of public nuisance due to noise and anti-social behaviour.

"The hours proposed in the application are simply not suitable. Public nuisance and an increase in crime and disorder would result if this application was granted."

Police said they were concerned about a potential rise in crime if the license is granted, and recommended strict conditions including bouncers on the door, CCTV and a ban on taking drinks outside onto the street.

The application will be considered by Brent Council's licensing sub-committee this evening.

w.davies@archant.co.uk


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