Concern over return of 'disruptive' nightclub in Walthamstow

The nightclub was closed in 2012 after the owner declared bankruptcy

The nightclub was closed in 2012 after the owner declared bankruptcy

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A plan to re-open a “disruptive” nightclub previously frequented by criminals has been strongly criticised by residents and police.

The application, submitted by Nicholas Sams to Waltham Forest Council, involves plans to re-open the former Enigma venue in Forest Road, Walthamstow, as The Sports Bar.

In 2012, the licence at the premises lapsed after the owner was made bankrupt and it closed down.

Neighbours at the time said they were relieved at the closure after anti-social behaviour, parking congestion and “scantily clad women”.

Mr Sams hopes to play music daily between 9am and 4am, while serving alcohol and food until 4am at weekends.

But a total of 32 residents have made written representations opposing the application.

And Waltham Forest Police licensing officer, Donna Wilcox, said she believes the venue could increase crime in the area.

She said the location was a problem due to its close proximity to residential properties, namely Borwick Road and Coleridge Road, and the limited parking spaces.

Ms Wilcox also raised concerns about increased activity and recruitment by the Priory Court Grey Gang, which operates in the area.

She went on to cite past examples of the Enigma Sports Bar being temporarily closed by police due to organised crime by gang members.

Following a noise assessment at the venue, council environmental health officer, Charles Rockwell, found inadequate sound insulation to existing walls.

He also claimed he is “entirely confident the prevention of public nuisance will not be met” if a licence is granted.

In letter to the council, one unnamed resident, who has lived in Borwick Avenue for 37 years, recalled being woken up by loud screams outside his home when the nightclub was operating.

He added "Words cannot explain how worried and appalled I am.

"In my 37 years of residency here, what have I got to look forward to now, the coming and going, the drinking, shouting, fighting, littering, peeing, vomiting on the streets and the loud cars disturbing my sleep?

"Please, 282 Forest Road is not the right place for this sort of establishment.

“The club would literally be next door to houses and flats. It should not even be considered."

The application will decided on Monday by the council’s licensing committee.

 

 

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2:37pm Wed 7 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

Under Labour deregulation, these dens of thieves and rogues were allowed to sprout up and flourish becoming a magnet for disorder in and in the vicinity.

These types of establishment have no place in the new gentrified Walthamstow and any decision to allow this to reopen will be a kick in the teeth to real well run licensed premises like the Rose and Crown and the Bell whose efforts have transformed drinking premises in the Borough.
Under Labour deregulation, these dens of thieves and rogues were allowed to sprout up and flourish becoming a magnet for disorder in and in the vicinity. These types of establishment have no place in the new gentrified Walthamstow and any decision to allow this to reopen will be a kick in the teeth to real well run licensed premises like the Rose and Crown and the Bell whose efforts have transformed drinking premises in the Borough. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 19

3:50pm Wed 7 May 14

tillytrotter says...

BORWICK AVENUE NOT ROAD get it right please I was born there and this club is know for drug pushing drunkards at all hours so why give it permission to open again huh beyond comprehension.
BORWICK AVENUE NOT ROAD get it right please I was born there and this club is know for drug pushing drunkards at all hours so why give it permission to open again huh beyond comprehension. tillytrotter
  • Score: 17

6:20pm Wed 7 May 14

I'm Alan says...

Lets hope the powers at be listen to the community and turn the application down.
Lets hope the powers at be listen to the community and turn the application down. I'm Alan
  • Score: 16

9:38am Thu 8 May 14

mexicano says...

I've lived in Borwick Avenue for 31 years and I and the residents mentioned in the article dread the club getting the licence. Over the years we have had drunks rolling down our road vomitting, throwing empty cans and bottles in our gardens, urinating, and worse, against our walls, or just sitting down on the wall smoking and shouting at each other. I have phoned the police several times in the middle of the night too.
The council had better refuse the application or there will be a revolt in this area!
I've lived in Borwick Avenue for 31 years and I and the residents mentioned in the article dread the club getting the licence. Over the years we have had drunks rolling down our road vomitting, throwing empty cans and bottles in our gardens, urinating, and worse, against our walls, or just sitting down on the wall smoking and shouting at each other. I have phoned the police several times in the middle of the night too. The council had better refuse the application or there will be a revolt in this area! mexicano
  • Score: 7

1:22am Fri 9 May 14

Davego says...

Interestingly there is no planning application submitted for this site (282 Forest Road) at this time. Is it possible that if re-opening no planning application is required? Anyway I thought I would just mention this out of interest as I was certain there would be a planning app in the pipeline somewhere.
Interestingly there is no planning application submitted for this site (282 Forest Road) at this time. Is it possible that if re-opening no planning application is required? Anyway I thought I would just mention this out of interest as I was certain there would be a planning app in the pipeline somewhere. Davego
  • Score: 1

1:36am Fri 9 May 14

Davego says...

Davego wrote:
Interestingly there is no planning application submitted for this site (282 Forest Road) at this time. Is it possible that if re-opening no planning application is required? Anyway I thought I would just mention this out of interest as I was certain there would be a planning app in the pipeline somewhere.
Well in actual fact I meant this is not showing up on the Waltham Forest planning portal which I thought odd. Best of luck with your fight guys.
[quote][p][bold]Davego[/bold] wrote: Interestingly there is no planning application submitted for this site (282 Forest Road) at this time. Is it possible that if re-opening no planning application is required? Anyway I thought I would just mention this out of interest as I was certain there would be a planning app in the pipeline somewhere.[/p][/quote]Well in actual fact I meant this is not showing up on the Waltham Forest planning portal which I thought odd. Best of luck with your fight guys. Davego
  • Score: 1

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