A message from Brixton Society objecting to an event planned in Windrush Square if you agree or disagree contact Lambeth with your views. The image below is from brixtonbuzzblog of an evening market in the square, which is happening more often.
cc Coldharbour ward councillors
I am writing on behalf of the Brixton Society to lodge an objection to the application for an alcohol licence for the Coors Light Ice Bar on Windrush Square from 12-18 December 2014.
The Brixton Society feels that this application should be refused as the premises are in a Controlled Drinking Zone where the levels of anti social behaviour and public nuisance are already some of the highest in the Borough. The application is for two private bars on Windrush Square inside 2 structures. The licence application is for alcohol sales from 12.00 to 23.00 from Monday to Sunday with an estimated attendance of 1715 over the week, plus recorded and live music licences. This event will bring no benefit to the Community in general but is solely targeted at high end drinkers. Indeed their advertising for the bar is targeted at young drinkers from 18-34. It will close off a large part of a public space with no benefit to the surrounding area but will add a number of drinkers (over 200 per day). If granted this application will raise the issues of double standards on drinking in a public place – street drinkers are likely to be moved on but it is OK to drink on the Square if you have money. This is an issue raised by members in relation to the licencing of the Ritzy Bar on the Square and is an issue which arouses strong local feelings.
Residents in the area who are Brixton Society members already feel the level of anti social behaviour due to alcohol is unacceptable in this area. To bring an attraction onto the Square primarily aimed at selling alcohol and bringing over 1700 drinkers onto the Square in a week is going to add to the problem. This would set an unwelcome precedent of a bar on the Square which is in a Controlled Drinking Zone, adding to anti-social behaviour and public nuisance. Windrush Square is a public open space – if this is a ticketed event, then we assume the Coors Ice Bar will to fence part of it off and charge people to come in. A clientele of 260 is a lot of additional drinkers per day and one would assume the numbers will be greater on Friday and Saturday. These nights are already difficult in this area for anti-social behaviour. Coors say they will provide public toilets. Will these be sufficient to prevent more public urination which is already a major problem in the area.
Prevention of public safety – the need to provide security to manage crowd control and queues for this attraction is not reassuring. Whilst the intention is to only allow people to stay for 1.5 hours, they can drink before entering and will probably want to drink afterwards. This will add to pressures in the local area.
Prevention of children from harm – I thought this was an adult event?
There are worrying statistics for Coldharbour Ward on the amount of anti-social behaviour, crime, robbery and theft in the Brixton area. We believe the granting of this licence in the run up to Christmas will lead to an increase in these crimes and should therefore be refused.
We hope you will consider this objection from the Brixton Society which I have been asked to make.