Letter from the Bishopston Society to Nick Carter, Licensing Manager for Bristol City Council

Dec 15th 2013

Dear Mr Carter

Applicant name: Yunrak Kim  Premises: Dain Korea, 27 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, Bristol. Application received date: 18 November 2013  Application ref number: 13/04629/PREM Proposed relevant licensable activities to be carried on or from the premises: Sale of Alcohol Monday to Sunday 23:00 – 00:00  Late Night Refreshment Monday to Sunday 23:00 – 00:00 Opening hours applied for: Monday to Sunday 11:30 – 00:00

We are slightly puzzled by the times of this application,  As far as we can see from the list of licensed premises received from the Council in January 2012, no application has been granted for the sale of alcohol between the hours of 11.30 – 23.00 – perhaps we have missed an application made since then?  If so, we would be grateful if you could let us have details.

You will be aware that 27 Gloucester Road is sited within the Gloucester Road CIA. This stretch of Gloucester Road, which is a major transport route in and out of the city, features a mix of retail and leisure uses with primarily residential areas behind the frontages. The request for a CIA to be introduced was made by the Police and supported by local residential amenity groups. The potential for increased public nuisance and crime and disorder arising from further licenses being granted is a major concern for local residents in this area and the Police. In particular the area, which has a significant concentration of alcohol led late night venues, witnesses a high number of assaults and other related crime and disorder including public nuisance and risk to public safety. The ability to prevent further encroachment into the normal sleeping times of local residents is also a key aspect of this policy. The policy was to apply to further applications for the grant of new licenses or significant variations of existing licenses in respect of premises that primarily sell alcohol for consumption on the premises, other late night uses, restaurants and take away outlets.

So as these premises fall within the Gloucester Road CIA  we understand that the presumption is to refuse such an application.  As we have said, as far as we are aware these premises do not have a licence so this would be a completely new facility.  

The CIA was imposed in 2010, at the request of the police, on the area partly in recognition of the fact that alcohol misuse has resulted in chronic antisocial behaviour which has had an unacceptable nuisance impact on local residents. As you are aware, events  down the road in Stokes Croft make us suspect that antisocial use of alcohol continue to be a problem.  The development of this establishment would have a negative impact on Crime and Disorder, which is one of the licensing objectives  within the CIA -  please refer to the Council's own policy on this area.  We understand from the policy guidance that the cumulative impact policy is intended to be strictly applied and that applications which would seek to be allowed as an exception to the cumulative impact policy will generally be favourably considered if they are judged to encourage a greater variety of types of entertainment than currently exists in these areas.  We believe that this application does not meet this criteria.  We are sure  that you are aware of the 'normal' Sunday morning squalor and unpleasantness not only at Stokes Croft, the Cheltenham Road and in the CIA of the Gloucester Road.    

We are aware that the Council has been minded to allow a considerable number of new or varied licences since their Policy was put in place but we feel that at some stage the policy should be upheld.