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BIRMINGHAM: ‘Toilet’ fears around restaurant’s licence application

BIRMINGHAM: ‘Toilet’ fears around restaurant’s licence application

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A Birmingham restaurant’s licence bid is being objected to over fears delivery drivers will use the entrance to a neighbour’s home “as a toilet”.

Yardbirds Chicken Limited has applied for a licence for a restaurant at Pershore Road, Stirchley, to sell alcohol and late night refreshment until 12 midnight and remaining open from 9am until 12.30am.

But the application has been objected to by a neighbour who warned the venue could attract “rowdy and antisocial behaviour”.

The statement will be considered by a Birmingham City Council licensing sub-committee at a meeting next week.

The resident’s objection states: “[…] A place that serves alcohol will always have rowdy and anti social behaviour.”

They said “we have very little peace and quiet” and that this planned operation would “chip away at that” – and shared a concern that smoke from a smoking area would go into their windows.

They said: “The walls between the property aren’t very thick and noise does travel and would disturb myself trying to sleep, also the only window I can open within my flat is near the front door so noise will be overwhelming – as will constant delivery drivers pulling up, and using the side entry which is access to my property as a toilet.

“I have much unfortunate experience of working by a restaurant and it brings many environmental and hygiene issues.”

They said the serving of alcohol and “drunken behaviour” is not something they would want to “live next door to”.

They added: “Access to my property is via a walkway that is elevated so any rear yard use will erode our privacy and make us feel uncomfortable.”

The company has said staff training will be provided and undertaken to meet objectives under the Licensing Act 2003 and made pledges around CCTV, a Challenge 25 scheme, incident book and refusals register.

The firm added: “Signs shall be placed at all exits asking customers to respect the needs of local residents and requesting that they leave the premises quietly.

“The premises shall have an operational dispersals policy and noise management plan.”

Conditions have been agreed with West Midlands Police.

The licensing sub-committee meeting will be held on September 27 from 10am and can be viewed on the city council’s committee meetings YouTube page.

Words: Mark Cardwell, Local Democracy Reporter

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