Business backed by Premier league footballers including England stars Raheem Sterling and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Plans for La Sala venue in Chigwell

Plans for La Sala venue in Chigwell

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A decision whether to grant a licence to a proposed a new venue part-funded by Premier League footballers is set to be made on Monday.

The owners of La Sala restaurant, due to open in Chigwell Road, Woodford Bridge, have applied to stay open until 2am every day.

The business counts England internationals Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Raheem Sterling as shareholders.

The licensing sub-committee is due to meet at 10.30am on Monday at Ilford Town Hall to decide on the application, which asks for permission to show films and host live and recorded music.  

Councillor Paul Canal and 27 local residents have called for the application to be rejected, or an earlier closing time set.

In a statement the council’s Licensing Enforcement Team said: “There are no conditions offered in the applicant’s operating schedule that would prevent the premises operating as a late night bar, nor any conditions which confirm its status as a restaurant.”

La Sala UK chairman James Horler refuted claims that the new venue on the site of the former White Hart Inn would operate as a late night bar.

He told the Guardian last month: “A late license is better than kicking people out at 12.30 where there is more likely to be noise and anti social behaviour.

“We will be a 70 per cent food led restaurant and have invested £1.5 million into the building.

“It will not be a nightclub”

A La Sala restaurant in Marbellla is currently locked in a dispute with neighbours over claims of noise disruption.

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4:55pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

No doubt they will get their licence.

Redbridge still have not learned a lesson from being duped by the Mojoes lot who still owe them over 125k, which they have no chance of ever getting as they have folded their operations.
No doubt they will get their licence. Redbridge still have not learned a lesson from being duped by the Mojoes lot who still owe them over 125k, which they have no chance of ever getting as they have folded their operations. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 6

11:38am Fri 15 Aug 14

Proud of Woodford Green says...

And so the latest unhappy bar saga in Redbridge begins.

It's not a nightclub it's a restaurant/high class wine bar/food led pub - a familair refrain that typically starts a noise and crime nightmare.

Does the backing of overpaid, intellectually challenged footballers give anyone any comfort. Read a tabloid and the antics of these chumps is daily news.

The Marbella example is proof of what is in store (although frankly looking at the location and surrounding area - this venue looks like a failure of "location, location, location").

Time for Redbridge licensing to show some balls.
And so the latest unhappy bar saga in Redbridge begins. It's not a nightclub it's a restaurant/high class wine bar/food led pub - a familair refrain that typically starts a noise and crime nightmare. Does the backing of overpaid, intellectually challenged footballers give anyone any comfort. Read a tabloid and the antics of these chumps is daily news. The Marbella example is proof of what is in store (although frankly looking at the location and surrounding area - this venue looks like a failure of "location, location, location"). Time for Redbridge licensing to show some balls. Proud of Woodford Green
  • Score: 3

12:26pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Paul Skinner says...

When I contacted Cllr Paul Canal about the residents meeting regarding this licence bid he emailed me to say he was finalising the meeting arrangements and would send a follow-up email once everything was finalised. Unfortunately he didn't send the follow-up email, so I plain forgot about it. I remembered a week or so later, and politely asked that next time I show interest in a residents meeting he check he has sent reminder emails when he's promised them. My email was ignored. So sadly, quite how representative of residents views he actually is, is a totally unknown quantity, as I can't imagine I'm the only one he's ignored.
When I contacted Cllr Paul Canal about the residents meeting regarding this licence bid he emailed me to say he was finalising the meeting arrangements and would send a follow-up email once everything was finalised. Unfortunately he didn't send the follow-up email, so I plain forgot about it. I remembered a week or so later, and politely asked that next time I show interest in a residents meeting he check he has sent reminder emails when he's promised them. My email was ignored. So sadly, quite how representative of residents views he actually is, is a totally unknown quantity, as I can't imagine I'm the only one he's ignored. Paul Skinner
  • Score: 2

8:31pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Democrat1 says...

Any update on the outcome please?
Any update on the outcome please? Democrat1
  • Score: 0

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