Cut to La Sala's proposed opening hours in Woodford Green has been welcomed

Councillors react to celebrity hangout's reduced hours

Councillors react to celebrity hangout's reduced hours

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People living near a proposed venue backed by Premier league stars have welcomed a decision to block its bid for late-night licence.

La Sala, which is set to open in Chigwell Road, Woodford Green, and counts Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling among its investors, applied to stay open until 1.30am at weekends and 12.30am every other day.

But Redbridge council’s sub-licensing committee refused and granted a licence until 11.30pm during the week and midnight on Friday and Saturday, following concerns over noise disturbance associated with previous occupiers of the building.

One objector, Mark Andrews, 34, of Chigwell Road, said: "The measures are positive and it looks as if everything that restricts disturbance to neighboring properties as a result of the establishment has been thought of, which can only be a good thing." 

"The menu looks very good and I like many others in the local area will be looking forward to the restaurant opening and operating responsibly in the local community like many other restaurants in the area."

Dan McGregor, 36, of Highfield Road, criticised La Sala's marketing, which he claims will attract "C-list celebrities" to the area'.

He said: "Let's hope that anyone can walk through the doors of La Sala, regardless of who you are, what car you pull up in or whether or not you live in Repton Park or Broadmead Estate. Lets hope that all are treated fair and equal."

Cllr Tom McLaren, of Church End Ward said: “Given the residential nature of the area and my prior experience with TOWIE-style venues such as Funky Mojoes in South Woodford, it was important to me that residents are protected from the risk of disturbance to every extent possible.”

Conservative Group Leader Cllr Paul Canal of Bridge Ward, added: “These additional conditions will hopefully help reduce the impact of the venue on the area for local residents, and I and my fellow local Conservative Ward Councillors will be keeping a keen eye on the situation to see how it develops.”

A La Sala venue in Marbella, which promotes itself as a celebrity hangout, is in dispute with neighbours over noise.

A La Sala UK spokeswoman said: "We are grateful to everyone who has taken the time to give their feedback on the plans for La Sala and that we've reached a mutually agreeable decision on opening hours.  

"As always, we welcome questions and comments from local residents and we are keen to ensure everyone's views are heard and considered."

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