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BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL: Café granted 24-hour licence despite concerns

BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL: Café granted 24-hour licence despite concerns

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A café has been granted a 24-hour licence despite concerns over impact of littering and fly-tipping.

Al-Uruba Café in Coventry Road, Small Heath has been granted the licence following a Birmingham City Council licensing sub-committee hearing.

Papers to the sub-committee showed the application had been opposed by the Waste Warriors Management, a group of voluntary street cleaners.

The group had said there is already a problem with “continuous” littering and fly-tipping and feared the extension in hours would lead to more incidents.

Papers also showed the council’s planning department had concerns due to a previous planning condition at the site restricting hours to 9am to 11pm.

At the hearing last week, Gulraiz Siddique – an agent representing the café – said the littering problems had been occurring after the café closed at 11pm and was not related to the business.

The sub-committee – consisting of chair Cllr Phil Davis (Lab, Billesely), Cllr Mary Locke (Lab, Stirchley) and Cllr Diane Donaldson (Lab, Bromford and Hodge Hill) – has now given its decision.

They moved to grant the licence subject to conditions including around CCTV and staff training.

The decision notice states: “Members carefully considered the written representations made by two other persons, but were not convinced that there was an evidential and causal link between the issues raised and the effect on the licensing objectives.

“The planning department of the city council made representations about the proposed hours.

“The objection related to loss of amenity for buildings in the vicinity, such as dwellings; however, Mr Sharif’s [Mohammed Sharif, Director of Al-Uruba Café Ltd] representative confirmed that the immediate neighbouring properties were businesses, and not residential.

“An organisation campaigning against waste issues had also made written representations about the problem of fly-tipping and litter in the vicinity.

“However, Mr Sharif’s representative confirmed that the fly-tipping and litter had been created by street vendor style operators who had set up stalls in Coventry Road during Ramadan, and not by Mr Sharif; the Al-Uruba Café had a proper commercial waste contract in place.

Words: Mark Cardwell, Local Democracy Reporter

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