A BAR in Stratford has been forced to close its doors following a string of complaints.
Bamboodle – described as an upmarket Asian ‘street food’ bar – in Union Street has had its licence revoked by Stratford District Council’s licensing committee after a review of the licence towards the end of last year.
Environmental health and licensing officers visited following complaints from residents bout loud music and general anti-social behaviour.
On this visit the officers found a number of licensing conditions being breached. These included door staff not knowing how many people were inside the building; revellers blocking the pavement outside and spilling onto the road stopping traffic, and excessive noise from the premises.
The council said the owner and manager of Bamboodle made no effort to promote the licensing objectives, that there was a disregard for the safety of the customers, a failure to provide suitable and appropriate documentation when requested, and there ‘little regard’ for the impact the bar had on neighbours.
Licensing panel chair Coun Susan Adams said: “This decision sends a clear message that the council will take action against any premises breaching the terms of its licence.
“We have a duty to ensure that licensed premises in Stratford district are managed responsibly and we will not hesitate in revoking a licence where there is clear evidence of breaches. Licensing conditions are in place to prevent crime and disorder and to promote public safety and prevent public nuisance. We hope this revocation sends a clear message to traders who do not comply with licensing conditions and to the public that we take our role as a responsible authority seriously.
“The district council and the police work hard to assist businesses to improve their performance and comply with licensing regulations.
“But there comes a point where we must put the wellbeing of the wider community first and take tougher measures to protect them against persistent anti-social behavior. The number of noise complaints against this business, as well as other breaches, meant there was no option other than to revoke the licence.”
“The vast majority of our businesses fully comply with licensing laws and we support responsible local businesses as much as we can – they are crucial to the success of our local economy.”