A nursery in Garretts Green has objected to a restaurant applying for an alcohol license, but the owners say two shops across the street already sell alcohol to the public.
Durga Prasad, applied for a permit on January 27 at Pints N Plates, located on Garretts Green Lane. It had previously traded as Delhi Street Cafe.
The India-based restaurant told Birmingham City Council’s licensing committee on Monday (March 21) that Mr Prasad was offering a “casual dining environment” for locals.
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Mijanur Rahman, the agent speaking on behalf of Prasad, said: “This application is not a pub or bar, which some people mistakenly assume. Its purpose is to provide breakfast, lunch and dinner.
“They think they have checked the police and neighboring companies in this area. There is no concern for anti-social behavior as it is a residential area.
“In retrospect, people usually don’t drink at 9 a.m., so between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. that should have been stated in the permit application.”
Mr. Rahman told the licensing committee that Mr. Prasad has over five years of experience running hospitality businesses. Pints N Plates currently employs a chef and three staff members with an investment of £30,000.
A letter sent by Mucky Pups Day Nursery, next door to the restaurant, read: “Note: This was ready to ship on January 28, but we were sure they weren’t applying for an alcohol license all day, but only in the evening .
“However, on arrival at the nursery today (February 21), the original message has been re-displayed and it appears that we now have only three days to object.
“We are a private nursery for children from six months to school age and beyond as we also provide a comprehensive service to local schools.
Our opening hours are from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm. It will not be acceptable for our parents and staff to have to negotiate [with] customers who can consume alcohol directly next to our building between 09:00 and 23:00.”
Jess Phillips MP expressed his concerns during the licensing meeting.
She previously surveyed residents and said 57 percent argued in favor of rejecting the application, while a total of 35 percent called for hours to be limited to the evening.
She said: “I have recently been approached by residents of Garretts Green and Sheldon with concerns about applying for an alcohol license at the above address. I then surveyed local residents to make sure these concerns were representative.
“I think the biggest concern residents have, and the nursery without a doubt, is the issue of people smoking and drinking outside.
“I got an email from the owner saying they wouldn’t serve alcohol until 5pm and he was willing to work with the community. I don’t think this is insurmountable, but the objections of my residents are people drinking during the day, or smoking outside next to a nursery.
“I’m sure we can work with the owners. I don’t understand the licensing laws – excuse me – drinking in the morning is the [most] alarming matter. Or actually it can be moved, especially on weekdays.
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“Many residents believe that no permit should be offered at all. But that will always be the case when something new comes along. The need to sell alcohol before 5pm is not something they are particularly confident about.”
But Mr Rahman told Birmingham City Council’s licensing committee on Monday (March 21) that there were already two shops selling alcohol near the nursery.
“He could very well let people bring in alcohol and booze between 9am and 11pm, but he wants to be licensed and regulated, provide CCTV surveillance and document evidence. He is a resident of the neighborhood.”
The decision to grant or reject the application will be announced within five working days.
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