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Coulsdon sports bar has late licence bid turned down

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A COULSDON snooker venue's application to sell alcohol until 2am, two days a week, has been turned down.

Frames Sports Bar, in Brighton Road, applied for various extensions that would have enabled it to serve alcohol until 2am on Thursdays and Saturdays.

This was turned down by Croydon Council on Wednesday evening.

However, the club will be allowed to open until 2am on no more than 30 occasions a year to host pool tournaments.

The bar had previously dropped an application to serve booze until 3am in 2011, after residents complained, but returned with a revised bid in January.

Neighbours had complained about the renewed application, with one letter to the council claiming the area would become a "sleazy ghetto".

Another said: "There are frequent instances of shouting, swearing, urination, breaking glass and other antisocial activities."

The bar wanted to hold twice-monthly over-30s nights on Saturdays, but owner Mehmet Akis said the venue would not become a nightclub.

The application asked for extra licences to be granted for live music, dance performance, films and live sporting events.

Before the meeting, Mr Akis said: "We want to generate more money for our business. There is nothing to worry about."

But next-door neighbours Coulsdon Comrades Club sent Croydon Council's licensing team a strong letter of objection.

The letter claimed people leave Frames at after 3am and that blood was found on the pavement after a fight.

Top snooker players such as Marco Fu, Tony Drago and David Gray have used the club to practise.

Frames also holds regular tournaments, which is another reason Mr Akis gave for wanting to open the bar later.

Another resident said: "I am shocked that after a long period when Frames have been agreeable and considerate to neighbours they now appear to want to take over the entire area."

The application also received objections from Croydon GLA member Steve O'Connell and Conservative councillor for Coulsdon West Jeet Bains.

The council's pollution team recommended the application be turned down, which it duly was by Croydon Council's licensing committee at a meeting on Wednesday night.

After the meeting, speaking about the decision to allow Frames 30 days' worth of late opening, committee member Councillor Tony Pearson said: "They met the council's pollution team and agreed a number of amendments which satisfied the objectives of the licensing team."

Coulsdon sports bar has late licence bid turned down


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