License granted to transform the crèche into a bar and café

Location 32, located on Bilton Grange Road, Yardley.

Venue 32, in Yardley, has been licensed to sell alcohol and be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Wednesday and until 11 p.m. Thursday to Saturday.

West Midlands Police and the council’s environmental health department have imposed conditions on the licence, mainly updating incident and denial logs, ensuring CCTV is activated and recorded at all times, training staff and applying a Challenge 25 policy.

Open containers containing alcohol will not be permitted beyond the boundaries of the premises at any time, according to the license. The movement of garbage cans and bottle dumpsters will not be authorized between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.

At a previous clearance meeting, Sarah Marshall, the contestant, said: ‘I have come to the awful conclusion that my nursery [New Generation Day Care Limited] 20 years old was not going to survive the financial impacts of the coronavirus. We are still responsible for the rent, and I no longer had any income. We tried a few months of children’s parties as it suits our large venues, but it didn’t generate enough revenue.

“We researched the area and found that many people lacked a place to meet friends or a chance to socialize after a long period of isolation.

“A cafe in the neighborhood that we thought would be popular, but we don’t want to risk losing options. With a business, you’re afraid to commit to something unless you think it’s going to be viable.

An objection was received by the licensing committee by Jacqueline Hughes, senior planning officer at Birmingham City Council, citing a public nuisance.

But seven signatures of support were received by the local residents’ committee along Leabrook and Bilton Grange, with Ms Marshall saying people wanted a cafe to improve social life on the street.

In their endorsement papers, Birmingham City Council’s Licensing Committee said: “The director of the applicant company addressed the meeting. The premises had been operating for a few years as a nursery for children.

“The director had conducted research to change the business model and found that the residents wanted a social place. She had therefore decided to change the use of the premises into a café/bistro.

“She told the subcommittee that nearby residents had been enthusiastic in their support for the plans, as had the local ward councilor. She was keen to keep the new business running and observed that the business would bring benefits to the area, such as employment. It had contented itself with adopting all the conditions suggested by the responsible authorities.

“Written representations had been received from the city council’s planning department; the subcommittee carefully considered them, but did not find that there was an overwhelming evidentiary and causal link between the issues raised and the effect on the objectives of the license.

There is a right of appeal against the decision of the licensing authority to the district court. Such an appeal must be lodged within twenty-one days from the date of notification of the decision.


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