Objections to tapas bar alcohol proposals

CONTROVERSY surrounds an application from a Scarborough tapas bar hoping to serve alcohol to customers.

La Roca Tapas Bar and Cafe, in Blands Cliff, has submitted an application to Scarborough Council’s licensing committee seeking authorisation for the sale of alcohol.

However following its submission the application has already received five objections from neighbouring residents.

They state within the vicinity there are already enough outlets selling alcohol and problems arising from its sale.

They further indicate that the area is affected by anti-social problems where the consumption of alcohol is a particular problem.

The objectors refer to a number of concerns which include an increase in alcohol related anti-social behaviour, noise, nuisance, and drinkers congregating in the street causing a disturbance.

Reference is also made to the fact that the outside seating area is adjacent to neighbouring gardens.

They also highlight concerns regarding smoking, litter and the selling of alcohol in the outside seating area, and reference is also made to families with children living in the vicinity who may be affected.

The application is for the sale of alcohol between 10am and 6pm seven days.

In a report issued to the Licensing Sub Committee, the councils licensing manager Una Faithful highlights the fact the premises are in a “Cumulative Impact Area”.

She said: “Scarborough Council adopted a Cumulative Impact Policy for the Scarborough area.

“The objects of this policy are to reduce both crime and disorder, public nuisance and alcohol related harm by resisting applications for licensed premises where a concentration of licensed premises in a particular area is considered to be causing a cumulative impact on one or more of the Licensing Objectives.

“The effect of adopting this Cumulative Impact Policy is to create a presumption that applications for new licences, variations or material variations will normally be refused if relevant representations to that effect are received, unless it can be demonstrated that the operator of the premises involved will not add to the cumulative impact already being experienced.”

A hearing into the application will be held at the next meeting of the licensing sub committee on Friday.