The Great Hall in Leyton, which is being used as an events venue, has been granted a later alcohol and entertainment licence

The Great Hall in Leyton

The Great Hall in Leyton

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Businesses have welcomed a decision to grant an extended alcohol licence to a wedding venue.

The Great Hall in Adelaide Road can now sell alcohol until 11.30pm during the week and midnight at weekends.

Despite at least ten letters of complaint from neighbouring properties expressing fears over anti-social behaviour, the licence for the grade II-listed building was granted by Waltham Forest Council’s licensing committee.

Owner Michael Polledri, chairman of Lea Valley Estates Ltd, took over the running of the venue in 2006 and begun refurbishment work two years ago.

Now, the company describe it as “the ultimate” wedding venue in Waltham Forest.

The controversial decision was welcomed by business owners, who believe they will benefit from the wedding trade thanks to the hall.

The owner of bridal and accessories store ‘Princess Boutique’, in Leyton High Road, said she supports the later licence decision as her customers have spoken highly of the venue.

Penny Philippou said: “The Great Hall will give locals and businesses like myself the opportunity to collaborate with this wonderful space.

“I have a bridal section so I have recommended it to customers a few times and they tell me how much they like it.”

Michal Krupski, owner of Blink Solutions Ltd, held his own wedding there and provides equipment hire for other functions.

He said that the later licence will help his business, calling the venue a ‘high quality’ establishment.

The decision was made during a council planning and licensing committee meeting last week.

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12:54pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

Polledri seems to get whatever he wants these days.
Polledri seems to get whatever he wants these days. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 4

5:49pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Sam Hain says...

This public venue was opened in 1896 and was always intended to be used for concerts and functions - a darn-sight longer than anyone residing nearby, who must have known what they were living next to when they moved there. It's also good to see the Leyton Technical pub flourishing on the ground floor. Isn't a flourishing evening economy what town centre high streets are supporsed to be all about?
This public venue was opened in 1896 and was always intended to be used for concerts and functions - a darn-sight longer than anyone residing nearby, who must have known what they were living next to when they moved there. It's also good to see the Leyton Technical pub flourishing on the ground floor. Isn't a flourishing evening economy what town centre high streets are supporsed to be all about? Sam Hain
  • Score: 9

6:20pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

Sam Hain wrote:
This public venue was opened in 1896 and was always intended to be used for concerts and functions - a darn-sight longer than anyone residing nearby, who must have known what they were living next to when they moved there. It's also good to see the Leyton Technical pub flourishing on the ground floor. Isn't a flourishing evening economy what town centre high streets are supporsed to be all about?
Yes it is all about a thriving local economy but past experience has proved that without a copper in sight when these premises turn out after the evenings event, there lacks a presence to deal with the drunkeness, street urinations, vomiting, litter problems caused by idiots throwing all their wrappings over the streets and I bet that the applicant will not do anything to clear up the streets afterwards.

Anyhow, the type of dinner and dances that they had in the 19th Century did not involve brain dead yoofs engaging in Necknominations and mass drug taking.
[quote][p][bold]Sam Hain[/bold] wrote: This public venue was opened in 1896 and was always intended to be used for concerts and functions - a darn-sight longer than anyone residing nearby, who must have known what they were living next to when they moved there. It's also good to see the Leyton Technical pub flourishing on the ground floor. Isn't a flourishing evening economy what town centre high streets are supporsed to be all about?[/p][/quote]Yes it is all about a thriving local economy but past experience has proved that without a copper in sight when these premises turn out after the evenings event, there lacks a presence to deal with the drunkeness, street urinations, vomiting, litter problems caused by idiots throwing all their wrappings over the streets and I bet that the applicant will not do anything to clear up the streets afterwards. Anyhow, the type of dinner and dances that they had in the 19th Century did not involve brain dead yoofs engaging in Necknominations and mass drug taking. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -2

10:32pm Tue 29 Apr 14

mdj says...

'The decision was made during a council planning and licensing committee meeting last week'

Is there an available quorum of councillors who have not received hospitality from Mr Polledri? Amazing.
'The decision was made during a council planning and licensing committee meeting last week' Is there an available quorum of councillors who have not received hospitality from Mr Polledri? Amazing. mdj
  • Score: 2

11:39am Wed 30 Apr 14

Baleful Avenger says...

It's an incredible building and a lovely venue, not a nightclub. What would you all rather have: a maintained historic building in regular use, contributing to the local economy, or a derelict hulk? Have a look in the old Leyton Council minutes from the 1900s and read the hall committee reports at Vestry House, the events seem very similar to today's uses...
It's an incredible building and a lovely venue, not a nightclub. What would you all rather have: a maintained historic building in regular use, contributing to the local economy, or a derelict hulk? Have a look in the old Leyton Council minutes from the 1900s and read the hall committee reports at Vestry House, the events seem very similar to today's uses... Baleful Avenger
  • Score: 1

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