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Objections to ‘trendy’ wine on tap bar

Resident: ‘Edgy’ late-night ‘food and drink concept’ will have a ‘detrimental effect on the area’

26 March, 2021 — By Calum Fraser

PLANS to open a bar in Finsbury Park serving wine on tap that would “normally only be found in edgier and trendier parts of London” have been submitted to the Town Hall.

Proposals for a new “food and drink concept”, set to be open until 3am at weekends, in the new City North development in Finsbury Park, have been met with objections from nearby residents, police and ward councillors.

In the planning documents, the applicants say: “Fuelled by clever and innovative design, normally only found in the edgier and trendier parts of London, we believe the offer will resonate with those looking for a more independent and imaginative experience in Finsbury Park and the north London area.”

At first, the bar was going to be called Station To Station in honour of David Bowie’s 1976 album, but this idea has now been scrapped owner Michael Nicholas told the Tribune.

“We have changed the name to Someday canteen and bar, which we think provides a more hopeful and positive vibe than Station to Station, particular given the past 12 months,” he said.

“We are hoping to get local council and community support in opening what we feel will be a great addition to the area.”

But Finsbury Park ward councillors Asima Shaikh and Gary Heather have lodged objections to the plans, which are set to be heard at a licensing meeting on Monday.

The Met’s licensing officer PC Adam Peace has recommended that the bar reduces its opening hours as the area is “saturated with licensed venues” as well as having “above average crime and anti-social behaviour” issues.

Eighteen residents have objected to the application.

One said: “We are very concerned that, if this licence is granted, it will have a detrimental effect on the area and affect the residents of our property negatively in a number of ways.”

Another said: “There is no need for a place with a late licence on this street when Rowan’s and other late-night venues are just around the corner.

“I believe this will create unnecessary crime and disorder and ruin the ethos of City North.”

They added: “We moved here so that we could be in a quiet residential home that’s convenient for the Tube.

“We absolutely would not have moved here if we thought we were moving above a noisy bar.”

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