for a new drinking spot in Stratford have been given the go-ahead despite council chiefs
admitting there was 'considerable' opposition to the scheme.
Stratford District Councils licensing sub-committee met on Thursday to consider
whether to allow the Chicago Rock Café to open in Greenhill Street.
After a full days deliberation the council has provisionally backed the scheme,
but environmental health officer Steve Newman has revealed that owners Luminar Leisure
will have to meet several strict conditions.
"The sub-committee granted them a public entertainment license on the grounds that
they satisfy some agreed conditions in addition to the obvious standard ones.
"These will be things like car parking provision, which has been a point of
contention, and also the installation of CCTV as this area of town is currently not
Newman admitted that the length of the meeting reflected the fact that the application
was far from a straightforward one.
"We had a petition with over 100 signatures on it from local residents and also
the police force were objecting to the licence being granted.
"The main concern seemed to be noise and disturbance as there are several bars in
that part of town and it can become a bit of a magnet for congregation at the end of
"I think with a Yatess Wine Lodge and Bar M in such close proximity to the
new bar people did not see the need to add another location."
Immediately after being granted the public entertainment licence Luminar Leisure, based
in Boston, Lincolnshire applied to magistrates for a liquor license and that case will be
heard on 22 July.
The Chicago Rock Café chain already has 30 outlets across Britain. The Stratford
branch will join others in the Midlands in Nuneaton, Worcerster and Wolverhampton.