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Clifton Mini Mart

posted Jan 24, 2012, 2:01 AM by juliet johns

Clifton Mini Mart, Cotham Hill, failed in the application to remain open later - nothing had changed since the first attempt earlier in the year. Domino Pizza also failed to get consent for additional delivery vehicles to be permitted for its late night delivery service, due to the additional late night noise and parking pressure that this service causes.

In both these cases we were represented by RCAS stalwart, Simon Margetts. We are also grateful to Cotham councillor, Neil Harrison, who continues to support local residents on licensing issues.

The Hampton Park and Cotham Hill Community Group

posted Jan 24, 2012, 1:59 AM by juliet johns

There is now an increasingly active group of local residents and traders for the area, The Hampton Park and Cotham Hill Community Group. This group monitors public matters etc in a particular focussed area from the railway bridge in Hampton Park to Cotham Hill and Whiteladies Gate/Road area as there are issues affecting them in specific ways peculiar to their immediate location close to The Strip. Dr Jill White, founding/chair of this group, may be reached on

Platform 1

posted Jan 24, 2012, 1:56 AM by juliet johns

Council Licensing Committee, officers and police have been active at Platform 1. The nightclub has just been fined £30,000, and its manager required to do Community Service. Magistrates found that the club had endangered patrons by failing to maintain its fire exit safely. Although this is not directly connected with the late night noise that causes such nuisance for nearby residents, we hope that the management will now take action on this front also.


posted Jan 24, 2012, 1:55 AM by juliet johns

Following the failure of BSB, (originally HJBean!), a new business is opening in this large unit, to be called Chicago Pizza Restaurant. This is expected to operate within the previous licence terms.


posted Oct 4, 2011, 2:24 AM by juliet johns   [ updated Oct 4, 2011, 2:32 AM ]

The new Sainsbury's on the former Woolworth's site on Blackboy Hill, applied for an off licence to sell alcohol from 7 am to 11pm

Licence granted for the planned store's opening hours 7am to 11pm

Fishminster, Whiteladies Rd

posted Apr 18, 2011, 7:06 AM by juliet johns

Formerly Flipper Fish and Chips.

The new premises had applied for a licence to sell alcohol and to provide 'Late Night Refreshment' (fish and chips!) until as late as 03.30hrs at weekends.

We had no objection to the alcohol licence provided it is only for those eating in meals inside the premises.
We were concerned at the potential for noise, pavement obstruction and nuisance from customers outside, particularly as heaters had been fixed to the shopfront to warm the customers!

This, and the long standing tradition for eating fish and chips 'on the hoof' means that late night trade is a real issue for residents. We are therefore sought to have midnight closing.


Granted a licence (i) to sell alcohol with meals in the restaurant until 11 p.m. Sun–Thurs, midnight Fri–Sat.
No drinks to be taken outside. Food including takeaway until midnight every night.

A good outcome, recognising the potential nuisance from late night hot food takeaways.

Clifton Mini Mart, Cotham Hill

posted Apr 18, 2011, 7:03 AM by juliet johns   [ updated Apr 18, 2011, 7:20 AM ]

This new late opening convenience store (formerly a takeaway) applied for an off licence to sell alcohol.

We objected as the last thing that is needed is another source of alcohol in this street,
let alone one that would stay open until as late as 03.30 hours.


Licence granted but only until 10pm, to coincide with other off licences including Sainsbury’s.
A good outcome.

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