Waltham Forest licensing sub-committee to meet this evening to review application to reduce opening hours at Loco Lounge

Police say they have

Police say they have "no faith" in the management to operate the premises reponsibly

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A decision is set to be made this evening as to whether a bar can retain its late-night licence.

The licensing unit at Waltham Forest police have called for a review of Loco Lounge's premise licence following concerns of an "unacceptable level of crime and disorder" at the Station Road venue.

Police constable, Donna Wilcox, of Waltham Forest's Licensing Unit is is heading up the review which will go to the council’s sub-committee tonight at 7pm at the Town Hall in Forest Road, Walthamstow.

The police are requesting the bar's current opening hours of 2am to be restricted to midnight at weekends as PC Wilcox claims this will 'reduce the likelihood of attracting the undesirables and criminal element that currently frequent the venue.'

Ahead of tonight's decision representations have been received from residents and businesses opposing and supporting the review.

The Fountain bar located two doors down from Loco Lounge have complained about the 'unbearable clientele' and resident Janet Kemble in nearby Beresford Road, Chingford, was concerned about the noise level.

However, the overall response has been in opposition to the police's action and in support of Loco Lounge with many customers to the bar saying they feel safe and have not witnessed any trouble, including tenant Karol Blokowski who lives above the bar.

Local businesses based in or around Station Road such as taxi firm Mount Cars Ltd and Chingford Golf Club both agree the bar should retain the same opening hours.

Police have gathered evidence over the past year identifying incidents of crime and disorder including criminal damage, actual bodily harm, grievous bodily harm and a public order offence.



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