Council launches consultation on new licensing policy

Written by on 12 September, 2018 in Licensing, News - 11 Comments
Club 414 proprietors Louise Barron and Tony Pommell

Club 414 proprietors Louise Barron and Tony Pommell

Lambeth council has begun to consult residents on its licensing policy for the borough. as is it is required by law to do every five years.

The consultation comes as complaints about noise in Brixton continue and as campaigners in Hackney, East London, oppose a new licensing policy there that, they claim, will force new venues there to observe “core hours” and close at 11pm on weekdays and midnight at weekends.

Introduction of the Hackney policy followed a consultation which its opponents claim was not valid.

Lambeth council said it wanted to hear from as many of Lambeth’s residents and businesses as possible.

The night-time economy has become and continues to be an increasingly important source of revenue and jobs in Brixton, especially since the introduction of 24-hour weekend Tubs on the Victoria line,

A council’s licensing policy sets guidelines for regulating and licensing any business that sells alcohol, offers entertainment or provides late-night refreshments. This includes pubs, clubs, restaurants, hotels, off-licences and late-night food takeaways.

Councils are required by law to publish a new licensing policy every five years and Lambeth’s current policy runs out on 29 January next year.

The council says it plans to make it “simpler and easier to understand” and to update it based on people’s views and changes to the law.

It is encouraging local residents and businesses to publicise the consultation on social media.

The online consultation is already live and will run until Wednesday 24 October. The council will look at responses as they come in.

The new statement of licensing policy for the borough will be produced after the consultation and will be considered by the full council before it is introduced.

Residents flats on Coldharbour Lane that are newly refurbished but lack double glazing recently complained both to the council and to local MP Helen Hayes about noise that they claimed came from Club 414 opposite.

Noise tests by the council showed that the club was not exceeding official limits, but one of the complaining residents told the Blog that he would be giving up his flat because of disturbed sleep.

Night-time buskers and not properly organised licensed venues are the main target of the Sleepless Brixton campaign and residents of central Brixton streets like Tunstall Road who successfully complained to the local government ombudsman about Lambeth council’s inadequate response to their complaints about noise.

Online consultation site




About the Author

Alan Slingsby moved to Brixton just as the 1981 uprising began. His nearest pub was the Effra and nearest off licence the Frontline — long gone in an earlier wave of closures of treasured community establishments. Has edited newspapers for the National Union of Students and National Union of Teachers. Now makes a living designing magazines and books and anything else people will pay him for.

11 Comments on "Council launches consultation on new licensing policy"

  1. Sam 13 September, 2018 at 6:08 pm ·

    The flats built opposite “Egg” in Central London had to sign to say they would not be able to complain about the noise, as the club was to be protected. They have double or triple glazing and this should be the council’s first priority when noise complaints occur. The club was there first, long live 414.

  2. Bernadette Connolly 13 September, 2018 at 3:36 pm ·

    Having visited 414 for over 16 years I’m getting tired of seeing these attacks against the nightlife brixton thrives on. If a person chooses to reside in the close vicinity of a music venue, public house or anything which provides social entertainment THEY should sign a clause to be aware of the simple fact that noise happens from these premises and its their responsibility to deal with it or move.
    414 have always exercised a noise policy especially in the smoking area so I personally see this as another pile of toys Lambeth is throwing out of its corrupt pram in its quest for gentrification.

    Another excuse for a court case? Bring it the f*ck on.

  3. Jolene Chambers 13 September, 2018 at 2:23 pm ·

    Can’t believe 414 is getting hounded and picked on. Cold harbour lane has been always lively place . And has big part in London’s night life . And as for renting in such a vibrant and busy area of Brixton is not the 414 club’s fault was there before any flats .
    And hope remains a the iconic club and big part of London.

  4. Barry 13 September, 2018 at 1:20 pm ·

    When I travel to Brixton i love the fact it’s busy and full of happy people who are having fun. Why has a housing association been allowed to build a none double glazed housing in a town that doesn’t sleep? People who visit London love the fact they have the option to party and enjoy the night life London has to offer. Brixton is one of London’s party towns which is known world wide for it’s clubs and pubs. And slowly it’s being shut down due to people who have moved in and they don’t want to be a part of it. There are other places in London which they will find peaceful and has easy access to the city. People don’t visit London for the beautiful beaches and lovely sun shine. London guests like to have the option to have a good night out that they can tell the friends about. Friends who will think I may visit myself and add to the British economy.

  5. Dorinda kettle 13 September, 2018 at 8:04 am ·

    I cannot believe that someone has complained about the noise on Coldharbour lane, the centre of a vibrant community, I’ve been frequenting club 414 for 23 years now, it is a happy, safe, fun place to go, how anyone can move into the area and complain about the night life is totally beyond my comprehension, if you want peace and quiet this is the wrong place for you obviously, please move and let the beautiful couple who run and live at the 414 live on in peace.
    Thank you Miss Kettle

  6. elaine 13 September, 2018 at 7:43 am ·

    my god when will they leave this little gem alone! it’s been there since before all the flats etc were! this country has gone mad!!! what has happened to the nightlife in london now! the government and greedy developers are closing everything down as well as all the pubs! there isnt much left anymore and this place is somewhere i frequent now and again and have done for 20 odd years! its a family!

  7. Dan Nugent 12 September, 2018 at 8:51 pm ·

    The people who built the flats opposite a thriving club and the other venues on Coldharbour Lane and neglected double glazing are at fault.
    The venues where there first. You don’t close business down or put in ridiculous policies because someone choose to build flats somewhere.

  8. Paul Woodward 12 September, 2018 at 8:37 pm ·

    If you do not like the ever buzzing vibe of Coldharbour Lane in Brixton, the Heart of London then please don’t move there!
    The countryside is perfect for those who long for a peaceful night, not the hub of a South London Gem.
    Money doesn’t buy common sense, unfortunately.

  9. Eddie sullivan 12 September, 2018 at 8:16 pm ·

    The benefits and long-term revenue generated by clubs and other night time businesses far out way the short term profit of private companies and individuals who build luxury developments. And as is previously mentioned here the character and historic identity of coldharbour lane(414) is something to be cherished as part of our London. Not to be sanitised for the residents of extortionately priced dwellings. These people no nothing of the true value of culture Real accessible culture. Not cold modern art or exclusive opera. But the hopes dreams and passion of real Londoners. These places need to be maintained and preserved for the future. Valued for the part they have played in shaping fantastic, safe, leisure experiences, in what have been trying financial times and not always brilliant neighbourhoods. We have a national trust to save “our” mansions and stately homes yet it seems once again the contradiction of urban development is once again trying to eradicate what actually holds a city together and makes our nation great!

  10. Juan Batista Castro diaz 12 September, 2018 at 6:19 pm ·

    This part of brixton has always been to come and dance and enjoy brixton night life for many years now that brixton has become gentrified the posh element of brixton complaines about loud music,how stupid can you be to rent a flat above a club or opposite it’s just common sense

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