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December 21, 2022

A Hounslow Licensing Panel has approved an application by a new café bar on the High Road for a late licence.

My Place, which already has another establishment in Soho, is taking over the former premises of Outsider Tart at 83-85 Chiswick High Road on the corner of Chiswick Lane.

The approval was given despite some opposition from neighbours worried about noise, litter and increased anti-social behaviour including drug-dealing in the triangle of space in front of the café. Five objections to the application were received.

My Place will be allowed to serve alcohol for consumption on and off the premises from 10:00am to 10:30pm Sunday to Wednesday, to 11pm on Thursday and up to midnight on Friday and Saturday. It will be required to close half an hour later. No alcohol can be served on the tables outside after 10:00pm on Sunday to Thursday and 10:30pm on Friday and Saturday with the area to be cleared within 30 minutes. The applicant had voluntarily reduced the licensed hours originally applied for during the week.

13 representations were received from local businesses and residents supporting the application.

Toni Faton, a director of My Place, and the company’s solicitor attended the hearing along with one person objecting to the application and one speaking in support.

It was submitted that anti-social behaviour in the area was being exacerbated currently by the empty premises and, when it was brought back into use, a CCTV system covering the outdoor tables would mitigate the problem.

The applicant noted that the hours sought were within the Licensing Authority’s Core Hours and therefore the request should be granted.

A Mr Christian, speaking against the application, stated that there was a problem with anti-social behaviour at the end of Ennismore Avenue and that he feared the granting of the licence would make this worse. He said that the applicant’s concession over the licensed hours during the week was meaningless because most of the problems in the area occurred at the weekend and he called for the operating hours to be shortened.

The Panel concluded that the main source of reported issues appeared to be coming from the Piano Bar on Chiswick High Road based on Mr Christian’s answers to its questions. However, he dismissed the idea that local nearby off-licences were contributing to the problem. He said that calls to the police had failed to result in any action on noise and anti-social behaviour. The Panel informed him of his right to apply for a review of a premises licence if there were issues associated with the licensing objectives.

In granting the application the Panel added some conditions including that alcohol be served to only to seated customers, except in the hatched area, for notices to be put up reminding patrons to leave quietly and respect the needs of residents and businesses. Conditions were also proposed for the installation and maintenance of a comprehensive CCTV system, an incident logbook, a Challenge 25 scheme and for any off-sales to be in sealed containers only, unless provided for customers in the external seating area.

Any party aggrieved with the decision may appeal to the local Magistrate’s Court within 21 days of notification of this decision.

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