Applications for new alcohol licenses and extensions of existing ones continue to come in, in spite of the Cumulative Impact Area (CIA).However 'Number 1' (17 Glos Rd) which had applied to sell alcohol round the clock, was turned down at the hearing on July 7. The Bishopston Society attended and made objections to the application. We at The Bishopston Society (TBS) continue to feel disappointed in the CIA provisions, which seem to give BCC little room to manoeuvre - for instance, one local venue has been able successfully to argue that because its special events have not brought complaints from the police, the premises should be allowed to open regularly after midnight. This 'loophole' has already been spotted by other local amenity groups with existing CIA's elsewhere, and unfortunately we are now seeing it happening in the Gloucester Road.
TBS has been advised that if we can collate a file of incidents witnessed by residents who have seen/heard disturbances, noise nuisance, vandalism, this compilation would form useful evidence and strengthen our case if we object to an application. So please, if you are out in the evening, log any disturbance you witness in/near the Gloucester Road - or, on an early morning walk (especially if you have a camera) if you see signs of damage or squalor from the night before) please take a picture/write it down with date, time, location and get in touch with our secretary, preferably via the website. We do want to limit the growth of noise and alcohol-fuelled disturbance later into the night, so that we can help keep our neighbourhood a pleasant place to live.