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BIRMINGHAM: Venue gets booze licence for events

BIRMINGHAM: Venue gets booze licence for events

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Fears that granting a Birmingham venue a booze licence would cause major disruption to residents and businesses have been dismissed.

Richard Hanlon’s application for a premises licence to enable him to host events at former church Xover Spaces in George Street, Balsall Heath, has been granted.

A hearing at Birmingham City Council’s licensing sub committee was told people living nearby and neighbouring businesses had concerns about noise, parking issues and the fact it is based near a school and church.

Ward councillor Zhor Malik also said he chose to represent the objectors as they felt too intimidated to appear at Wednesday’s (November 17) meeting.

But Duncan Craig, representing Mr Hanlon dismissed this as “laughable, adding his client was a nice, gentle man who was also a vegan.

He also said conditions had been agreed with the police, adding the letters of objections contained false statements about Mr Hanlon and were all essentially the same.

Committee members said, with conditions agreed by the police, they were satisfied the licensing objectives will be promoted if granted and there were no objections from bodies such as environmental health.

They said: “The sub-committee carefully considered the submissions of the ward councillor who addressed the meeting regarding the concerns of some of those in the local area, but took the view that the application (as amended) was very modest, and moreover had been supported by both the police and licensing enforcement.

“Accordingly, the members were not convinced that there was an evidential and causal link between the issues raised by the ward councillor and the potential for any adverse effect on the licensing objectives.

“The addition of a comprehensive suite of conditions, after consultation with two of the responsible authorities, was sufficient to allay any concerns.

“It was therefore reasonable and proportionate to grant the application with the agreed conditions.”

Words: Gurdip Thandi, Local Democracy Reporter

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