Late hours bid is turned down

thisisoxfordshire: Councillor Craig Simmons is pleased his objection to an application for late opening hours at the Milano Bar in Cowley Road was upheld Buy this photo Councillor Craig Simmons is pleased his objection to an application for late opening hours at the Milano Bar in Cowley Road was upheld

RESIDENTS fed up of late-night drunken behaviour say they hope a turning point has been reached in the licensing policy for bars in Cowley Road.

Oxford City Council has just turned down an application from the Milano Bar for longer opening hours under a saturation policy to manage the large number of licensed premises in the area.

Last night the decision was welcomed by Green city councillor Craig Simmons, who said it was one of the few times in recent years that an application for extended licensing hours in East Oxford had been turned down.

The councillor, who lives in Magdalen Road and represents St Mary’s ward, said he hoped the decision would set a precedent.

He said: “Milano wanted to extend their opening hours and I have got nothing against them as an individual business. But I think the council should stick to the saturation policy and that’s why I objected.

“Long suffering residents have finally been listened to.”

Last Thursday the council’s licensing committee refused the bar’s application to extend its hours so it could stay open from 10am to 1am from Sunday to Thursday, and from 10am to 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.

The committee said the bar would have to stick to its current opening hours, closing at 11pm from Sunday to Thursday, and at 1am on Friday and Saturday.

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Milano manager Fkender Drizi said: “We are very disappointed because other premises have been granted changes. We are considering appealing in court.”

The council introduced the special saturation policy in 2010 because of the large number of clubs and bars in the area, and Mr Simmons said: “I’m pleased the policy is now being adhered to.”

In June, a planning application by the O2 Academy to open earlier was turned down following objections from residents, but Mr Simmons said other premises had been granted changes, including Cowley Retreat and Bar Aroma.

Ed Chipperfield, 36, of James Street, spokesman for the East Oxford Residents’ Association Forum, said: “I hope this is now a turning point.”

Colin Cook, a member of the council’s licensing committee, said: “All individual applications are based on their merits.

“We have been referring to the saturation policy since it was introduced and review it every year. It is always taken into account when relevant.

“We are keen to encourage small businesses in Cowley Road and when good quality restaurants come forward for a licence I would hope the licensing committee would be sympathetic to them. Restaurants often do not cause the problems that other drinking establishments have.

“If there is no evidence from the police that an application will cause problems we can’t refuse it on a whim.”

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1:49pm Thu 6 Sep 12

Darkforbid says...

licencing should be set by area, not by victimizing individual businesses.
licencing should be set by area, not by victimizing individual businesses. Darkforbid
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3:18pm Thu 6 Sep 12

al_oxford says...

@Darkforbid
Or the council could set a limit on the number of late licences in an area and then put them up for auction every year so every business would have a fair chance at expanding their trade, and the council will get a fair price for their licences.
@Darkforbid Or the council could set a limit on the number of late licences in an area and then put them up for auction every year so every business would have a fair chance at expanding their trade, and the council will get a fair price for their licences. al_oxford
  • Score: 2

4:00pm Thu 6 Sep 12

Andrew:Oxford says...

Exactly how it should also be done for parking.

It would be quite surprising how much money could be raised for the benefit of all in the city if residential parking permits were to be sold to the highest bidder.

May be a bit of an eye-opener too if a permit could only be obtained by an individual who was listed on the voters roll for a vehicle regisered in their name at that address...
Exactly how it should also be done for parking. It would be quite surprising how much money could be raised for the benefit of all in the city if residential parking permits were to be sold to the highest bidder. May be a bit of an eye-opener too if a permit could only be obtained by an individual who was listed on the voters roll for a vehicle regisered in their name at that address... Andrew:Oxford
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4:28pm Thu 6 Sep 12

Bartsimpson_uk says...

You must be a Tory boy Andrew, yep do anything to keep the not so well paid workers down and let the Tory rich toffs grab everything as usaul.
You must be a Tory boy Andrew, yep do anything to keep the not so well paid workers down and let the Tory rich toffs grab everything as usaul. Bartsimpson_uk
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4:31pm Thu 6 Sep 12

King Joke says...

Not at all. Let the market decide how to allocate valuable and sought-after commodities like parking space. Making driving in this crowded city a little less attractive would benefit many more workers by promoting buses for them to get to work, or even for them to work on, driving them.
Not at all. Let the market decide how to allocate valuable and sought-after commodities like parking space. Making driving in this crowded city a little less attractive would benefit many more workers by promoting buses for them to get to work, or even for them to work on, driving them. King Joke
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7:07pm Thu 6 Sep 12

Andrew:Oxford says...

Bartsimpson_uk wrote:
You must be a Tory boy Andrew, yep do anything to keep the not so well paid workers down and let the Tory rich toffs grab everything as usaul.
It's all down to supply and demand, mindful of CO2 emissions of course.

So imagine you as a poor socialist without the benefit of a good education or the right parents drove a very efficient small family car with relatively low emissions of 119g/km (DVLA band C).

Your neighbour, of a wealthy background, a good education and well connected parents has a bigger car with relatively high emissions of 169g/km (DVLA Band H).

You are both successful in bidding £100 for an annual licence to park an "Band A" car in East Oxford.

However, as neither of you own a "Band A" car, you both have to pay the equivalent multiplier to match your actual car.

As a band C car driver, you will now pay £300 for your licence, as a band H driver, your neighbour will pay £800 for his licence.

Raising £1100 in income to benefit everyone in the city.

Whilst you may both mutter about which of you is the better person whether it is the "socialist" or the "toff" - the non-car driving public of East Oxford as well as the city council know exactly what you both are.

Evil car drivers.
[quote][p][bold]Bartsimpson_uk[/bold] wrote: You must be a Tory boy Andrew, yep do anything to keep the not so well paid workers down and let the Tory rich toffs grab everything as usaul.[/p][/quote]It's all down to supply and demand, mindful of CO2 emissions of course. So imagine you as a poor socialist without the benefit of a good education or the right parents drove a very efficient small family car with relatively low emissions of 119g/km (DVLA band C). Your neighbour, of a wealthy background, a good education and well connected parents has a bigger car with relatively high emissions of 169g/km (DVLA Band H). You are both successful in bidding £100 for an annual licence to park an "Band A" car in East Oxford. However, as neither of you own a "Band A" car, you both have to pay the equivalent multiplier to match your actual car. As a band C car driver, you will now pay £300 for your licence, as a band H driver, your neighbour will pay £800 for his licence. Raising £1100 in income to benefit everyone in the city. Whilst you may both mutter about which of you is the better person whether it is the "socialist" or the "toff" - the non-car driving public of East Oxford as well as the city council know exactly what you both are. Evil car drivers. Andrew:Oxford
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