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Alcohol licence for hair salon turned down after late-night parties

25 September, 2020 — By by Sam Ferguson

A HAIR salon has been denied a licence to sell alcohol after neighbours complained its new waiting area was being used to host late-night parties.

D+D Grooming Lounge in Holloway Road had requested a licence to sell alcohol until 10pm from Sunday to Thursday and until 11pm on Friday and Saturday.

Business owner Dawit Zewuge told a Town Hall licensing committee that the alcohol would only be consumed in a recently built waiting-area-cum-cafe at the back of the building.

It’s understood the waiting area has planning permission, but at the moment has not been retrospectively built to those standards, though Mr Zewuge confirmed construction was ongoing.

Two neighbours spoke out at the meeting complaining of late-night parties in the newly added area.

Monika Andruszkiewicz said her main objection was the noise and light pollution. “I don’t understand why such a place should have a licence for what is ultimately a nightclub,” she said.

“The building should be fit for purpose first, soundproofed and safe for the public, and then they should apply for a licence.

“Parties have already taken place. I appreciate business is hard and tough at the moment, but at the same time I believe the business is not sustainable if it’s at the expense of the local community, and this is the situation at the moment.”

Another resident, Andrew Davies, added: “Pre-lockdown there was some noise, but even in the last month or so there have been a number of parties, one until 3am, despite the front of the building being locked.”

Mr Zewuge apologised for previous noise and explained the parties had been family celebrations.

He also explained that the business had struggled since the lockdown, and the cafe/bar was a way to explore new revenue streams.

“I opened this business last year,” he said. “It was not easy for me to survive. I will do everything that is required within three months. Give me time, and I will do that.”

But after deliberating, the Town Hall planning committee refused the application and told Mr Zewuge he would hear their reasoning within five days.

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