1:00 p.m. August 4, 2022
A Hornchurch nightclub and bar owner said it would appeal after its request to extend its opening hours was denied.
Shelly’s Bar, on Station Lane near the corner with The Avenue, has asked that it be allowed to operate later in the early hours.
The submission, filed by bar owner Michelle Vickers, asked for its hours to be extended from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Thursdays and from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
At a licensing subcommittee meeting on July 27, councilors questioned the proposed extension, with two local councilors raising specific objections.
These were Cllr Gerry O’Sullivan and Cllr Paul Middleton, whose objection was read by Cllr Bryan Vincent.
The two councilors said the extension would be unsuitable as it is in a largely residential area, with Cllr Middleton saying those living nearby “are entitled to a peaceful existence”.
Cllr O’Sullivan added: “Whether we like to admit it or not, when there are extended drinking hours there is always a certain amount of anti-social behavior as well.”
Councilors Jane Keane, Christine Vickery and Natasha Summers, meanwhile, asked Ms Vickers if the bar was indeed equipped to handle later finishing hours, quizzing her on topics including processes around training and vetting identity documents.
In the ruling, handed down on August 3, Havering council noted several factors in favor of the request, including that there was no opposition from the police and that councilors’ representations were ” largely generic statements that lacked evidence linking the issues raised directly to the premises”.
However, it decided to decline due to concerns about existing licensing conditions, regular staff training and the retention period of CCTV recordings.
Ms Vickers called the refusal “ridiculous” and said she intended to appeal.
She claims there was a misunderstanding regarding some of the questions she was asked, which led to answers that affected her candidacy.
“If my training was so bad, why didn’t I get into drunken fights?” she says. “I just feel like…I’m completely drained. I feel like this has all been misinterpreted.
According to the documents, Ms Vickers has 21 days to appeal.