Alcohol licence granted to ‘noisy’ Chadwell Heath banqueting suite which gives out lollipops to quieten revellers

The historic former cinema on Chadwell Heath High Rd is being reopened by Mayor Barbara White

The historic former cinema on Chadwell Heath High Rd is being reopened by Mayor Barbara White - Credit: Archant

A “noisy” banqueting hall has promised its neighbours it will hand out lollipops to quieten loud partygoers, a licensing hearing heard.

The historic former cinema on Chadwell Heath High Rd is being reopened by Mayor Barbara White

The historic former cinema on Chadwell Heath High Rd is being reopened by Mayor Barbara White - Credit: Archant

The Mayfair Venue, in High Road, Chadwell Heath, which can cater for up to 700 guests, was granted permission to sell alcohol until 2.30am at the weekend on Monday.

And representatives promised the licensing sub-committee they would use a number of methods to curb the noise, including handing out sweets to people when they leave.

Aniekan Etuk, representing the Mayfair Venue, said: “We offer them lollipops, people tend to speak less.”

Earlier residents had made representations at Redbridge Town Hall, High Road, Ilford, and urged the panel, chaired by Cllr Roy Emmett, not to grant the licence due to anti-social behaviour, parking and rubbish issues.

The historic former cinema on Chadwell Heath High Rd is being reopened by Mayor Barbara White

The historic former cinema on Chadwell Heath High Rd is being reopened by Mayor Barbara White - Credit: Archant


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Speaking at the hearing neighbours living in Cedar Park Gardens said they had to put up with “defecation and urination” in their gardens when patrons leave the establishment and “noise into the night”.

Redbridge Police submitted extra conditions to the Mayfair Venue which included access to CCTV and random searches, but decided not to make objections to the application.

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Pc Alan Felix said they are aware of issues in the area, but unless they are reported the police cannot use it as evidence.

“There are a lot of conditions that we feel are robust for a venue of this type,” he said. “With these conditions we have more control in my view. The owner listens and responds.”

Mr Etuk said until this meeting the owner Wasim Hassan did got understand the “magnitude” or impact of his business on the community.

“I would like to assure you that this licence gives more control to the relevant authorities in contrast to the old temporary regime,” he said.

“I don’t want to expend so much energy crying over spilt milk and going over the past. I want to work together as a team.” After the meeting, a spokesman for the residents said they were disappointed with the outcome and not happy with the conditions in place.

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