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Residents protest about restaurant's extended licence

PUBLISHED: 16:56 08 April 2009 | UPDATED: 11:08 12 August 2010

RESIDENTS are disappointed that a council ignored their pleas not to grant another late licence on a busy high street. Dozens of people who live around Beckenham High Street

RESIDENTS are disappointed that a council 'ignored' their pleas not to grant another late licence on a busy high street.

Dozens of people who live around Beckenham High Street objected to the latest licence application, for the Phoenix restaurant, but the council granted permission for extended hours at a meeting last Tuesday.

Ann Harkness, of The Crescent, said: "It is in keeping with the rest of the High Street. I have noticed an increase in crime and violence in the town centre since the licences have been granted, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights.

"Every licensed business on the High Street seems to apply at least once a year to extend their hours. It is unfortunate what that is leading to, noise, violence and crime in a residential area."

In a letter written to the council, member of the Copers Cope Safer Neighbourhood Panel Roger Leach said: "Beckenham is only a small town and we already have too many bars and pubs with late night licences.

"We long ago, reached a point of saturation in our area and any more late licences would be totally unacceptable.

"Walls, fences, cars and trees are regularly damaged in our road, we have bottles, cans, plastic containers, condoms and on one occasion old used needles thrown in our gardens."

But the council says it took in to consideration the residential characteristics of the area and said that a hard wired noise limiter must be fixed at a level to be agreed.

Father-to-be Scott Dixon, of Coopers Mews, said: "We're not pleased that the hours have been extended. We didn't want to object to anyone trading business but we are worried about noise.

"We are concerned that it might set a precedent. We share a fence with the restaurant and our nursery will be looking out that way. People get drunk and hang around.

"As long as they keep within the noise levels we're hoping it will be okay."

A spokesperson for Bromley council said: "As with any licensing application, we took into account all representations and in this case the decision to vary the existing license was subject to conditions designed to address certain concerns.

"In reaching a decision we applied our four licensing objectives which are the prevention of crime and disorder, prevention of public nuisance, public safety and protection of children from harm as well as our licensing policy, the guidance issued under the Licensing Act 2003 and guidance issued by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport."

Nobody from the Phoenix restaurant was available to comment.

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