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New Hornchurch curry house has alcohol licence denied after skip stops residents being able to read public notice

PUBLISHED: 16:37 27 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:37 27 April 2018

The former pawn shop that is set to become The Curry Shack. Photo: Google Maps

The former pawn shop that is set to become The Curry Shack. Photo: Google Maps

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A new Indian restaurant in Hornchurch has been denied permission to sell alcohol by Havering Council after being accused of not properly displaying public notices.

At Havering Town Hall earlier today (Friday, April 27), the owners of The Curry Shack, which will open soon in North Street, opposite The Chequers Pub, applied for an alcohol licence that would have seen the premises able to sell alcohol between the hours of 11am and 10pm.

However, a number of residents attended the meeting to present objections to the borough’s licensing committee.

Chief amongst them were concerns around parking along nearby Kershaw Close, and the increase in public nuisance another licensed premises would lead to.

But in the end, the committee deemed the entire application was invalid after residents produced photographs which showed the public notice that is legally required to be displayed for 28 consecutive days in a place residents would be able to read it had been obstructed by a skip.

Although the restaurant’s owner claimed that notice had been just one of three notices put up around the premises, and that access to the other two had been entirely unimpeded, he was not able to produce any evidence of this, and as such the committee deemed the application invalid.

The Curry Shack’s owners can now re-apply for an alcohol licence or refer the matter to magistrate’s court for a judgement.

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