Norbury Premises Licence News at 31 August

The Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee (JPC) has decided that from now on it will be look at premises licences.

Kings Chicken, 1369 London Road

The Licensing Committee of the Council is considering an application a licence for this take-away food shop to have a licence to be open until 2am Sunday to Thursday until 2am on the following days, and on Friday and Saturday until 4am on the following days.

The meeting will be held on 6 September at the Town Hall at 10am.

The number of fast food premises along Norbury’s stretch of London Rd is subject to continual complaint at General meetings of the Norbury Residents Associations and the public meetings that have been held by the Joint Planning Committee.

The JPC opposes this application for a licence for this take-away food shop to have a licence to be open until 2am Sunday to Thursday until 2am on the following days, and on Friday and Saturday until 4am on the following days.

The reasons for objection are as follows:

(1) While the Norbury High St section of London Rd has several restaurants, take-away food shops and 2 public houses, the normal closure time is 11pm.

(2) If granted this application will enable mean that there is only one venue open until 2 am on Sundays to Thursdays and until 4am on Fridays and Saturdays.

(3) This will make it vulnerable to criminal attempts to rob it. There will be no other venues open that can come to the aid of the staff or ensure the police are called. A resident has provided the Committee with the following account of problems around the premises, which suggest that longer opening may contribute to an increase in crime (attached as Appendix).

(4) There have been a number of robberies and attempted robberies of shop premises in the last 12 months, suggesting that Norbury is being seen as a target by criminals.

(5) Allowing a shop to remain open until 2am and 4am will create a noise problem for residents above the shops along that stretch of London Rd, from customers chatting, laughing, from any fights due to any customers being drunk at that time of the early morning, and by the closure of the shutters. It may well also attract motorists to stop to buy food and increase the level of vehicle noise when they re-start their engines to drive away.

(6) A growing element of the Norbury stretch of London Rd is residential. There has been a large increase in residents due to the use of Windsor House by the Council for homeless families, and the letting of units in Astral House, both on the other side of London Rd. The re-building of 1355-7 London Rd includes many flats. There has been several applications for additional flats or new flats in premises above shops along Norbury’s London Rd.

(7) As regards the homeless families some may have to  travel late or early in a morning to keep their jobs, and additional noise could disrupt their sleep patterns.

(8) Noise from shops that are allowed to be open until 2am/4am will add to the noise along the Road and increase the aggravation for residents.

(9) Norbury is not the equivalent of the Croydon South Side restaurant quarter where people who live in residential units know what they have purchased or rented into in terms of potential noise problems from any premises with licences to 2am/4am.

(10)    Granting of the this application may lead to other business owners considering applying for an extension up to 2am/4am to their existing licences, which will erode further the quality of life and well-being of residents.

(11)    Given the concerns about the health aspects of fast chicken outlets, and the quality of the chicken meat they sell, granting an application would seem to go against the Council’s health policies.

(12)   The planners have already been informed of the refreshment Havana premises at 1347 and 1363 London Rd premises along London Rd that open longer than they are licenced for and the noise problems that this creates for residents living above the shopping parades. Granting this application will only add to this problem, and may encourage the owner of the two premises to also seek an extension for of his licensing hours.

Delight Wedlinka 1355-57 London Rd

This property is where the Dreamlands shop units were. The whole building has been turned into flats with the ground floor frontage as shop units. The Delight Wedlinka, Polish grocery chain, are planned to run the shops. It has applied for a licence as a new premises.

It wants to open Monday to Sundays from 8am to 10pm including being able to sell alcohol during opening hours.

Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee (JPC)

About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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