Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cafe Given Go-Ahead to Serve Booze; LICENCE GRANTED DESPITE FEARS OF OBJECTORS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cafe Given Go-Ahead to Serve Booze; LICENCE GRANTED DESPITE FEARS OF OBJECTORS

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Byline: DANIEL HOLLAND Reporter daniel.holland@trinitymirror.com

YET another cafe has won approval to extend its alcohol licence, despite growing fears of a "potentially explosive and unruly atmosphere" caused by drinking in the area.

Newcastle City Council bosses today granted Jesmond's Filmore and Union a licence to sell alcohol until 9.30pm on the last Thursday, Friday and Saturday of each month at its restaurant in Acorn Road.

Coun Dan Perry urged the council's licensing sub-committee to contain Jesmond's "party atmosphere" to bars in Osborne Road, but the venue said that objections to their plans were "unfair and unreasonable".

Lisa Gilligan, representing Filmore and Union, said that the cafe had proved particularly popular with mothers and their children since it opened in December, and that alcohol sales represent just 2% of the site's revenue.

She added: "We aren't talking about hundreds and hundreds of people spilling out on to Acorn Road at 9.30pm. We are talking about 24 diners, they can't just come in and drink because our licence doesn't permit We are about they come in because doesn't Lisa that." Ms Gilligan said the premises had experienced problems with homeless people drinking and taking drugs outside, but had seen no other issues with anti-social behaviour.

But Patrick Carney, director of neighbouring BSIS Corporate Insurance Brokers, said that the venue would experience an "entirely different atmosphere" in Jesmond if it extended its opening hours.

He said: "There is an entirely different atmosphere there during the day and once there has been talking diners, can't just and drink our licence permit that Gilligan a lot of alcohol consumed. It is a potentially explosive and unruly atmosphere in the area, particularly with alcohol sales from the Tesco." Coun Perry added: "For residents, Jesmond has changed enormously over the years. …

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