King’s Cross residents have ‘nothing to fear’ over arts building booze plans

A LANDMARK King’s Cross arts venue has told neighbouring residents they have nothing to fear over a surprise bid to serve booze on its top floor.

Confusion has surrounded plans by business service firm Logica to serve up alcohol in their seventh floor offices at Kings Place, York Way, between 8am and midnight, seven days a week.

Residents fear a new licence could be abused by future occupants of the building - leaving the door open for the offices to be turned into a pub, club or restaurant.

But if granted, a condition on the licence would bar public access to the top floor of Kings Place.

An Islington Council spokeswoman said: “If Logica moved out and another organisation moved in, the licence could be transferred to them. But if would have the same conditions.”

Neil Blake, building operations director of Kings Place, said: “The licence application is purely for staff functions and entertaining clients up there. They won’t be selling alcohol.”

A spokeswoman for Logica added that the council had “failed to mention the restrictions” when it first consulted residents last month.

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