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5th Jul, 2022

Gin bar plans looks set to go ahead

A GIN and prosecco bar looks set to be given the green light by council chiefs.

Applicant Earl Wither applied to Stratford District Council to convert a former shop on Shrieves Walk off Sheep Street into a bar.

The walkway is home to a handful of businesses and the gates are usually locked at 7pm.

Concerns have been raised by residents and ward councillor Jenny Fradgely who said the arcade – which leads to a parking lot – would be vulnerable if opened up at night.

She added businesses could also face increased insurance costs.

Three objections were received from nearby businesses and homeowners who feared the bar would be ‘detrimental’ to security.

One resident commented: “The noise and movement of the customers during the late evening would make it impossible for us to have a good quality of life.

“It would also reduce the security of our home and business premises as we have had a number of incidences of members of the public climbing over the adjoining wall when the gates have not been secured at night.”

The applicant has also requested the venue serve as an off-licence which has prompted concerns about anti-social behaviour.

But one supporter said the bar was needed and brought economic benefits to the town.

Despite concerns, environmental health officers did not object to the application, saying noise was inevitable in a town centre and good management would help maintain it at an appropriate level. Officers suggested the bar close by 11pm and the amount of people outside should be limited to ten.

CCTV would also be in place as a security measure.

The proposal is set to be discussed by the planning committee on Wednesday (July 25).

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