Noise concerns over Muswell Hill bar owner’s license offer
An attempt to relax the license of a Muswell Hill night spot has been met with objections from neighbors complaining of noise and anti-social behaviour.
Several residents spoke out against an application for a premises license for The Broadway, a cafe and cocktail bar on Muswell Hill Broadway, at a Haringey Council Licensing Sub-Committee meeting on Monday.
Owner Savvas Morgan, who took the license in 2020 after buying the venue, wants to remove some of the restrictions imposed following a review in 2017, while keeping the closing hours – 12:30 a.m. weekdays, 2:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays – and other details largely the same.
If his bid is successful, he will remove a condition that alcohol should only be sold at a table with a meal after 11 p.m., and allow the supply of alcohol on-site and off-site. The new application also states that the venue will not operate as a nightclub and includes measures to limit noise and prevent anti-social behavior.
Noshaba Shah, a council licensing officer, told the meeting that locals had been associated with late-night anti-social behavior. She listed a series of complaints raised by residents, including noise, illegally parked cars and allegations of drugs being used nearby by people visiting the scene.
The licensing authority has proposed reduced hours for Friday and Saturday to ensure the site closes at midnight, Noshaba added. If it is allowed to open beyond this time, the authority has established a series of conditions for the venue to follow.
Metropolitan Police Constable Justyna Golota told the meeting that there had been “a number of police reports of anti-social behavior directly linked to the venue” between May and November last year. However, she added that she recently had several meetings with Savvas and the issues were resolved.
PC Golota said while she still had concerns, she believed the issues could be resolved between the venue and the local community.
Several local residents later approached the committee to raise concerns about the request. Barbara Hall complained of a “thud until the wee hours of the morning” and the noise of people leaving the building. She said the disruption to residents’ sleep over the weekend was “unacceptable”.
Jocelyn Conway added: “Every weekend we are subjected to the noise of people leaving the club, doors slamming, engines running and the sound of music being awful.” She said the venue was supposed to be a restaurant but was turned into “a nightclub in a residential area.”
Colm Quinn complained about the “screaming” music, adding “you can hear the bass thud in my flat”. He claimed that the licensee had “flagrantly disregarded” the existing conditions on the license and that it was “beyond belief” that he could ask for the conditions to be relaxed. “It has only caused misery and it is affecting the mental health of residents,” Colm added.
David Dadds, a lawyer representing Savva, was allowed to question speakers at the meeting. However, he was unable to rule in favor of the request as the meeting was adjourned after lasting over three hours, during which several other objections were heard. He will be able to make a formal representation at a new meeting of the committee, which should be held before May 9.