Police are objecting to a Woolwich bar/restaurant on Parry Place obtaining an alcohol licence.
Tobey Spice and Grill are seeking a licence after complaints saw police attend in June. They witnessed drinking outside and state upon entering an individual became argumentative as did people outside who entered.
A meeting is set to be held on 7th September regarding the application.
Police seized alcohol from the site, and a premises application was submitted the following day.
In the report police state that Parry Place sees “antisocial behaviour on a daily basis”.
Police state upon leaving a man “lunged” at them, and that hostile behaviour could prohibit council staff visiting the area.
That appears to be borne out with no action seemingly taken for years on many cars parking on pavements and double yellow lines on the road and junctions without enforcement.
Last year a local resident complained and filmed themselves being ticketed while parking staff ignored and were filmed walking away from a number of cars parked illegally on Parry Place.
In the recent past many have said that sweeping away this area through the Spray Street redevelopment plan – now known as Woolwich Exchange – would fix the problems seen.
Yet if the underlying problems are not addressed the same issues could arise again when that completes, or simply move somewhere else impacting another part of Woolwich.
The problems on Parry Place are not new, but no ones seems to have gotten on top of it. A common theme in council reports is intimidation and staff feeling afraid to act.
Whatever happens with this licensing application, the hope that levelling a large area of Woolwich will simply solve issues is a bit optimistic.