TACO RESTAURANT: Jewellery Quarter residents object to alcohol licence
A number of residents in the Jewellery Quarter have objected to a local Taco restaurant’s application for an alcohol licence over fears it could lead to ‘sound pollution, stress’ and ‘sleepless nights.’
An application is due to be heard next week for Tierra Tacos on Frederick Street, with the restaurant applying for a late-night alcohol licence to operate until 1am Friday to Sunday and 11pm Monday to Thursday.
The premises is also seeking a licence to provide late-night refreshment in within the same opening hours – however residents of the neighbouring Century Works residential building have voiced major concerns about the application.
Writing to the council’s licensing committee, one resident said: “1am venue leavers, with merriment and the prospect of alcohol for sale for consumption off premises, will only create noise for us local residents.
“[This] include smokers standing outside throughout the evening and the prospect of early hours taxi pickups.
“I strongly object to such a late licence and suggest an 11pm close time. The development, Century Works, comprises of five residential, listed, high-value properties and has an archway leading through a courtyard – sound booms through this archway and bounces between the properties.
“The proposed restaurant/bar is quite literally across the street, and [we have] had prior experience of local venues, their customers and transportation creating sound pollution, stress, sleepless nights for ourselves and neighbours. Hence my strong objection to the late licence.”
The restaurant is approximately 50 metres from the homes, and its owners did alter their plans after hearing objections from local residents, with initial proposals to open until 1am throughout the week.
However the owners of Century Works have also written to the council protesting against the decision, saying in a letter: “Licensed premises are very well represented on Frederick street. Four establishments advertise a variety of closing hours, 12am, 1am and 2.30am, and the retail sale of alcohol is catered for by Tesco Express at 36 Frederick Street with opening hours until 11pm on weekdays and weekends.
“We object to the granting of the licence as residents at Century Works are confronting daily a growing issue of litter and discarded bottles and glasses which have been left on the pavement, on the doorsteps fronting Frederick Street, or in the archway entry to the development.
“We believe that selling alcohol off-premises between 10pm to 1am will increase the risk of alcohol being consumed on the street and that it will contribute to noise disturbance for residents living nearby and will increase a risk of anti-social behaviour.”
The application will be heard on Wednesday 23rd June.
Words: Tom Dare, Local Democracy Reporter
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