Attempt being made to open new venue 'The Blitz Factory' in a unit on the Ravenswood Industrial Estate

People living near the proposed venue for The Blitz Factory, on the Ravenswood Industrial Estate in Walthamstow, fear disruption if a late license is granted.

People living near the proposed venue for The Blitz Factory, on the Ravenswood Industrial Estate in Walthamstow, fear disruption if a late license is granted.

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There is widespread opposition to a plan to turn an empty industrial unit into a party venue.

People living near the proposed venue for The Blitz Factory, on the Ravenswood Industrial Estate in Walthamstow, fear disruption if a late license is granted.

A petition with 200 signatures has been handed into the council and 37 formal objections have been made, but those behind the plan insist it would be a “community asset”.

Applicant Joanne Child wants permission for the venue to stay open selling alcohol until midnight during the week and 1am on Friday and Saturday.

But people living nearby insist it is an inappropriate location for the venue.

Ruth Price, of Ravenswood Road, can see the proposed venue from her home.

She said: “As a senior nurse working in intensive care I often have to get up for work at 5.40am.

“I frequently work at weekends and during the holiday periods, this I suspect is when the venue would create the most disturbance.

“I appreciate that everyone must have their chance at business, but I genuinely feel this is the wrong area for a business such as this.”

Linda and Mike Burrows, of Shernhall Street, campaigned for measure to prevent entry to the estate at night.

In a joint submission, the said: “The unit almost backs onto out garden and the noise from the music etc would be very loud.

“Also the noise from revellers going into and leaving the premises would be very loud, with shouting, cars revving up, car doors slamming etc affecting our sleep.”

 All three Hoe Street Ward councillors have objected to the plan, calling it a “wholly inappropriate.”

Ruth Moriarty, of Ravenswood Road, agreed.

She said: “To open effectively a night club where no others exist would have a huge negative impact on the existing residents, many of whom are elderly, infirm and include young children who legitimately expect to be able to sleep at 2am.”

Housing support manager Carlynne Preville objected on behalf of all the residents at nearby Pelly Court care home for the elderly in Summit Road.

A total of 27 residents signed a letter which states poor health among residents would be worsened by loud noise at night.

Applicant Ms Child insisted the venue would not be in constant use.

She said: “The Blitz Factory will aim to be a valued asset and great interest to the community, holding events including weddings, parties and pop up events.

“The venue will also be used for photographic/ location shoots.

“This venue will not be open every day/weekend but will be hired for specific events.

“We require the licence every day to enable us to adjust and be flexible to any bookings we take.”

A decision on the application is due at a licensing committee meeting on September 8 at 11am.

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12:10pm Fri 5 Sep 14

bigcrackers says...

Its clear that the applicant has not done her home work. Aside from the home for the elderley this industrial unit is also overlooked by Foundation 66 a home in Ravenswood Road for vulnerable adults recovering from drug and alcohol issues.

The applicant may claim that it would not be open every day but if the license is granted there would be nothing to stop them doing just that. If the residents believed this would be a community asset there would not be the widespread opposition that exists to the plan. Instead we believe it to be an attempt to turn a fast buck with no consideration for local residents.
Its clear that the applicant has not done her home work. Aside from the home for the elderley this industrial unit is also overlooked by Foundation 66 a home in Ravenswood Road for vulnerable adults recovering from drug and alcohol issues. The applicant may claim that it would not be open every day but if the license is granted there would be nothing to stop them doing just that. If the residents believed this would be a community asset there would not be the widespread opposition that exists to the plan. Instead we believe it to be an attempt to turn a fast buck with no consideration for local residents. bigcrackers
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