Objection to premises license application - 16 Golden Cross Parade, SS4, UK

Objection to premises license application - 16 Golden Cross Parade, SS4, UK

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It has come to our attention that an application for a license for a ‘micro pub’ has been submitted regarding the above address, County Ales LTD are the applicant for this application.

The premises consists of 17 residential properties that are maisonettes to the commercial properties below. A car park at the rear of the premises consists of car parking space (under 20) along with a loading bay for deliveries to the Co-operative. There is a taxi rank to the left hand side of shops, along with a small car park at the front of the Parade of shops. To the right hand side of the Golden Cross Parade there are 10x short stay car parking spaces, one of which is used as a disabled bay only. The Surrounding area is all residential with Craven Close being the closest adjoining road to 16 Golden Cross Parade.
 
Please consider this letter as a formal objection to the above application, the reasons for this are outlined below.
 
1)     Not suitable for the area - The Golden Cross Parade has a mix of residential properties, along with commercial properties on the ground level. None of the commercial properties are currently being used as a pub of any form. I therefore believe that the neighbours of the surrounding area will be affected by this being put here.
 
2)     Lack of parking - All of the parking elements listed above are currently full nearly all the time, during peak hours people can be found parking down Craven Close and on the kerb opposite the right hand side of shops. The front car park is often overflowing to the point where cars are queuing along the Ashingdon Road to get in. The car park at the rear, which is used for the residents of Golden Cross Parade is always full, I, as a resident sometimes cannot use the car park as customers from the shops tend to use it too. Therefore having a social premises in any form at the Golden Cross parade would only hinder this even more, causing problems for the residents at the Golden Cross, as well as affecting those of the surrounding area.
 
3)     Noise & antisocial behaviour - Living above a shop can be challenging at the best of times, as a resident I try my best to not make a lot of noise as I know customers will hear it in the shop below, the structure of the building is formed on a concrete foundation and therefore all slabs between levels and properties are solid concrete, this means there is little to none sound barriers. For example, if building work is being carried out on a property five doors away, I can hear and feel the vibrations in my house. Referring back to this application, it would make living in the property very hard. I have young children living in the property with me and looking at the times that have been applied for on the application it would allow Alcohol to be sold and consumed until 11pm during the week and 12am on a Friday-Sunday and opening from 11am in the morning. It also would allow live music to be played until 11:30 during the week and 12:30am on a Friday-Sunday. This would be absurd given the location and close proximity to the residential properties.
 
Having alcohol consumed and sold on the premises would also contribute to a potential rise in criminal activity, there many families who live at the Golden Cross Parade as well as a lot elderly residents living in close proximity to the Golden Cross Parade.
 
There are no areas within the premises, or surrounding it that are outdoors spaces, for example those suitable for smoking or socialising. This would therefore cause customers to do this at the front of the property which would therefore create problems for myself living above as well as the neighbours on the Golden Cross Parade. I understand the applicant has also put in an application to provide outdoor seating at the front of the premises, consisting of 3x wooden table and 12x chairs, with a smoking area at the rear. This is beyond unacceptable in my opinion, as the front of the property leads directly onto a narrow public pavement which wouldn’t allow the space for other persons to walk by, nor will it allow or comply for DDA access.
 
Lastly, writing with regards to the current conditions surrounding Covid-19, this premises is not suitable to allow any form of social distancing, even when this may no longer be needed. In addition to this people are being told to stay at home, young children also are studying from home as well as people now working from home. Having this form of premises below, it would not allow residents to do this comfortably.
 
4)     Inadequate Notice - As a resident we have not been notified of this application, only from a neighbour seeing a sign posted onto a lamp post at the front of Golden Cross Parade, not an any possible locations near the premises. As a resident living above the premises I would of expected a letter or some form of notification regarding this, considering people are not meant to be leaving their homes at the moment due to government guidelines I feel it is a strange time to be perusing such an application, knowing residents and other people would not be paying attention to such signs.

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