KINGSTANDING CLUB: Community rallies round club as licence is threatened
Kingstanding would ‘lose a little gem’ if the council decide to revoke the licence of a local bar, residents have claimed – with fears it could even threaten the future of a popular boxing club.
Kingstanding Second City ABC, on Kingstanding Road, is due to go before the council’s licensing committee on Monday for a review of its licence, with police stating that they have ‘no confidence’ in the ability of the licence holder to effectively run the premises.
The police’s concerns relate namely to the failure of the premises to provide a Covid risk assessment following a complaint from a member of the public, while there have also been complaints over the level of noise emanating from the premises outside of hours.
The bar doubles up as a boxing gym which residents say is a ‘credit to the Kingstanding community’, keeping children ‘off the streets and giving them a focus in life.’
And several residents have written to the council voicing their objections to any changes to the licence, which they say helps to support the running of the boxing club.
“I have been using this club for many years myself and family feel safe in there, and I know that the owners make sure that there are no trouble makers by politely asking them to leave,” one letter states.
“They have always made me feel that my children are welcome in the bar up to a certain time and I know that it’s safe to bring them in there as there’s no trouble.
“The boxing club is a credit to the Kingstanding community which is helped to survive by the bar and is keeping children off the streets and learning them a skill, it teaches them good manners and respect promoting the protection of children.”
“The people that run that club are 100 per cent committed to the community of Kingstanding and the place itself is so much more than just a bar,” another writes.
“My parents feel so safe in there and have never seen or heard a scrap of bother.
“ I am a ‘Kingstanding lad’ myself who now lives in Somerset and whenever I visit my parents I join them at the club and can say that it gives me great peace of mind knowing that mom and dad are socialising in a safe and secure environment and to see first hand the way the place is run and how the patrons are treated.
“They seem very firm but very fair. The area would lose a little gem if this place closed.”
A third person wrote: “I use this club as does many of my other family members, and have to say it’s been the best thing to come out of Kingstanding for a long time.
“The staff and management are always very welcoming and helpful anytime you are in there.
“In all this club has only brought good things to an area with a reputation, in looking after the young children in the area keeping them off the streets and giving them a focus in life, and not just a computer screen.”
Words: Tom Dare, Local Democracy Reporter
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