Clerkenwell workspace angers parents with booze bid for office overlooking primary school

Dallington School in Dallington Street. Picture: Google Maps

Dallington School in Dallington Street. Picture: Google Maps - Credit: Archant

Parents have hit out at a Clerkenwell workspace after it applied to sell booze in its residents lounge overlooking two primary schools – during the day.

Fora, in Dallington Street, said the application relates “only to a residents lounge on the fifth floor, with an outside terraced area” of its office. It was given planning permission for the fifth floor extension in April on the condition it did not have an adverse impact on neighbouring homes. It made no mention of a possible alcohol licence bid.

The hours it wants to sell booze are from 12pm to 3.30pm and from 5pm until 9.30pm. The application, set to go before councillors on Tuesday, has received objections from 80 people and three residents’ groups.

Friends of Bunhill is made up of locals and parents from Dallington School, which is next to the workspace block, and St Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School, which is not far from it.

They said: “This alcohol-led proposal will have an adverse impact on residents and schoolchildren.”

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Leora Neidle, a member of Friends of Clerkenwell Green, another of the groups to oppose the plans, told the Gazette: “The space looks directly into a primary school and they want an alcohol licence during school hours. There’s been a massive push back from people.”

Another unnamed parent said: “Granting a late licence would result in broken glass, drug paraphernalia and human urination in the area around the schools.”

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A third added: “This would violate Islington’s own licensing objectives, and is an offense to the education objectives for children.

“It will undoubtedly be distracting, along with providing the potential for inebriated individuals within close proximity of children entering and exiting the school during the day and when school lets out.”

The third group to object was Directors of 9A Dallington Street. It said: “There is no justification for an office co-working space to sell alcohol or play recorded music 48 hours per week.”

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