01:29 PM October 10, 2022
A nightclub and bar in Hornchurch have been allowed to extend their opening hours, on second request.
Shelly’s Bar on Station Lane had requested that it be allowed to remain open until noon on Thursdays and 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.
However, an initial application was rejected by Havering Council earlier this year due to concerns including the level of staff training and how long CCTV recordings are kept.
Michelle Vickers, the owner of Shelly’s Bar, told the Recorder at the time that she intended to appeal the “ridiculous” decision, adding that she felt “gutted”.
Instead, Ms Vickers decided to file a second application, which she said clarified the “misunderstandings” that led to the denial.
This submission has now been approved by the Board.
Ms Vickers said she initially planned to use it on a discretionary basis, but would remain open later in the new year ahead of a possible relaunch.
“I am very happy. Really happy, because it could make a difference for everything,” she said.
She also thanked customer support, with “flying” letters supporting the new app.
“It shows the audience was for us,” she said. “We really appreciate that.”