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Wiggly trying to undo Council decision

January 19, 2014

An application has been made by Wiggly Limited, of 20 Stoke Newington Road for

variation of premises licence to remove condition 38 which states:” Intoxicating liquor shall not be sold, supplied or consumed on the ground floor of the premises otherwise than to persons who are taking food from the menu excluding bar snacks and that the consumption of intoxicating liquor by such persons is ancillary to taking such meals. The supply of alcohol will be by waiter/waitress service only.”

Trading under the name ‘Tipsy’, these premises repeatedly put in applications for a club license at this address and, on January 7th 2013, lost an appeal  against Hackney Council’s refusal to grant an extension of its basement licence to the ground floor. After two days of cross-examination of local residents, the police and a number of other witnesses, the judge found that the Council’s decision had been correct in the light of the over-saturation of the area with alcohol. Changing their name to ‘Wiggly’ they put in applications for a club license in April, 2013 and then again in August, 2013.

The concession to allow alcohol to be sold ancillary to meals seems to have been seen by the applicants merely as an intermediate step to their goal of adding another large venue selling only alcohol to a neighbourhood that already has too many.

The deadline for objections to this application is February 6th, 2014.

If you want to object, email licensing@hackney.gov.uk with the name of the premises and/or its address in the subject line of your email.

Your objection is most likely to be taken seriously if it directly addresses the objectives of Hackney’s Licensing Policy. The four main objectives of the policy are:

• Prevention of crime and disorder
• Public safety
• Prevention of public nuisance
• Protection of children from harm.

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