Creates litter, attracts moody hoodies, stinks, looks shite with its illuminated signs and now blocks half the pavement with its billboard for pizzas at £1.99. And now want to serve booze until 3am for 4 days a week. Great!
I'm not seeing an application to serve alcohol there, only late night refreshment - that is, an application to serve hot food and hot drinks after 11pm. This is still objectionable but nowhere near so bad as applying to serve alcohol.
Recinding a license is not so easy any more. In the past the police only had to object and the licensing committee would listen. Now the license is permanent till there is evidence to say that conditions are being breached.
If it is a license to serve alcohol and you are concerned, you should object. Plus suggest any conditions that you feel should be imposed. (Music, noise, times, litter or whatever.) Also if there are problems now, start complaining, eg to the noise officer, so a track record of concern is built up.
It sounds very NIMBY, but a year or so back I was involved in a similar campaign near a property I rent out, where an outlet had become a pretty blatent centre for drug dealing. The owner actually posted the names and addresses of objectors on his window, so my elderly neighbour was frightened to object. As I did not live there I felt I could be more visible. The local Councillor was brilliant and agreed to speak on our behalf at the Committee. Once the lawyer saw the evidence lined up, she withdrew the application, and the problems of late night loitering, noise and intimidation have gone.
If there is a potential problem and you speak up, you will also be speaking on behalf of people who dont know how the system works, or who are not confident enough to do so.
If I was against this I would strongly advise you write to the managing partners and the HR managers of the two law firms that are moving in across the road. I am sure they will be less than delighted to learn that the chicken shack across the road from them now wants to sell ale all night long. I suspect Norton Rose and Lawrence Graham have some rather decent property lawyers who might be able to assist this cause.
As an aside - I hope the businesses going into the terraces beside more London are going to be rather more conducive to the area.
Sarah is right, it's very difficult to oppose licence applications. You should start ringing the noice nuisance team now, so they have some evidence. You should also speak to your councillors, who are pretty good and will provide assitance.
Make sure you oppose on the four grounds allowed, and get as many people as possible to write in.
If they are in breach of planning rules, ring planning, as they will take action.
If the outlet is already a problem the Council licensing people probably do not want to grant a license. However they will want evidence of local opposition ideally giving them grounds to turn it down.
A good starting point is speaking to them. If they are feeling helpful they may give some good advice. If you are really keen you could try the local police, to see if they are inclined to oppose. The licensing people should have a contact.
If your area is seeing increased litter and anti-social behaviour, then you can consider contacting Living Streets.
That said, there's a Chicken Cottage near where I live (Borough High Street) and though the frontage is ugly as hell, I can't say I've any problems with them at all - only a small amount of litter at the local bustop and the local kids keep it busy buying chips. They seem to get a lot of drive past trade - if I'm at a bus stop, cars pull over and go in to get food. They don't serve alcohol though.
I have received an email from Chicken Cottage Limited pointing out that they have no connection with the fried chicken shop(s) in Tooley Street any more, the franchise having been cancelled in July 2006.