A LATE-NIGHT bar at the top of a three-storey block has gained a licence, despite safety concerns.
The Sky Bar and Lounge, in Uxbridge Road, Hayes, was granted a licence permitting the sale of alcohol, and late night entertainment and dancing, by councillors at a licensing committee meeting.
The bar owners bid to stay open until 2am Sunday to Thursday, and 3am on Fridays and Saturdays, but these hours were reduced to 1am and 2am respectively.
Before the crunch meeting, Hillingdon police sent a letter to the council raising concerns, stating that it was in a ‘difficult area’ for crime and attracting ‘undesirables’ and difficult customers.
Ian Wares, Hillingdon’s licensing officer, also said that it’s location at the top of a three-storey building, only accessible by flights of stairs or a small lift, would ‘pose a safety risk’, particularly if door staff had to deal with drunken, troublesome patrons. This concern was echoed by the borough’s residents services department.
Kingsborough Family Church, in the same building along with a nursery, also objected on the grounds that it would lead to anti-social behaviour. Despite the opposition, the bar was granted its licence, subject to extra conditions relating to door supervisors, CCTV and last entry.