Town hall rejects Finsbury Park pub’s bid for late licence

The Auld Triangle Pub

The Auld Triangle Pub - Credit: Archant

A pub’s late licence bid branded a “joke” by neighbours was rejected by Islington Council’s licensing committee last night.

Families of The Auld Triangle, in St Thomas’s Road, Finsbury Park, wrote to the council protesting against the venues request to serve alcohol until 1am – claiming that the venue already attracts drug dealing, criminal damage and anti-social behaviour.

Numerous neighbours also wrote to the council saying that the noise – particularly on Arsenal match days or after concerts – made their lives hell.

The pub’s current license allows it to serve alcohol until 11pm but Islington police, who also objected to the application, said the venue had already been pulled up for serving after hours.

Management at the pub denied the allegations and the decision was deferred from an earlier hearing in September to go before yesterday’s committee meeting.

In a letter to the council, one neighbour wrote: “The cheek of this pub and the council to even think the pub can have a late licence, given the trouble this pub has caused on evenings when the garden is used and lock-ins take place.

“My family gets no sleep whatsoever.”

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Others claimed customers had been threatening and abusive towards them, and one resident told of an incident where a woman, described as a “regular” who was “totally inebriated”, shouted and swore at a group of children.

Other neighbours, while objecting to an extension, described the pub as a “friendly community pub”.

A spokesman for the pub said: “We’re sorry to read that the residents feel this way about the pub. It is a family-run pub with full CCTV and relevant security etc on the days needed.

“We have never once had police come into the pub or even had complaints over any of the allegations above.”