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September 2011

posted Oct 5, 2011, 9:27 AM by juliet johns

We have reported on several applications during the year, mostly in the Cotham Hill area. Local residents, including many RCAS members, are watchful and active in resisting additional alcohol outlets and later hours, as are RCAS.

Applications now frequently attract 20 or more individual objections. This and the support of our Councillors clearly encourages the Licensing Sub Committees to scrutinise applications closely.

Attendance by some objectors is essential. The Cumulative Impact Area, the bed-rock of most objections, has recently been clarified with a new boundary map and recent updating of Bristol's Licensing Policy has been broadly helpful.

The recession is clearly biting for the larger bars, with BSB, Dragon's Kiss and The Ranch all currently closed. The lack of daytime trade and consequent closure at lunchtime was already affecting the vibrancy of this part of our main shopping area. The quieter nights may be welcome but the sad sight demonstrates the consequences of our retail areas becoming unbalanced in terms of use. (See comment in Planning Report.) It reinforces RCAS policy of objecting to unbalanced development generally - including student HMOs in residential areas!

Licensing law makes it difficult to refuse Off Licenses, so we have concentrated on getting their hours restricted. For example Clifton Mini-Mart, Cotham Hill, was cut back to 10pm. having originally sought 3am, reduced to midnight before the Hearing. Despite this, they have recently repeated their attempt to stay open later, but were given short shrift by the Licensing Committee. .


Sainsbury's, for their Woolies site, were granted a licence for alcohol licences from 7am to 11pm, which are apparently their planned store opening hours.

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