New Finsbury cafe bar rumpus

Plans for a new cafe bar in Finsbury have caused a rumpus with locals concerned about late night noise in the area.

Ozone Coffee Roastery, a successful boutique cafe chain from New Zealand, want to open their first UK site at the Bezier building, in Leonard Street.

They have asked town hall for permission to sell booze to drink on and off the premises from 8am to 11.30pm Monday to Saturday, as well as playing music and showing films during the same hours.

The council will consider the application at a meeting tonight (Monday 19).

But some residents are concerned too many drinking establishments have saturated the area, and late noise and disturbance will affect their lives.

One resident said: “Our area is becoming increasingly residential. I have concerns that our home life will be disturbed by music being played at Ozone and also by customers drinking alcohol and then causing noise pollution in the street. We ourselves have a baby on the way. I hope the quality of our life will not be affected by the proposed licence.”

Another resident, citing nearby McQueen in Tabernacle Street, the Angel, on City Road, City Arts and Music Project, on City Road, and XOYO, on Cowper Street, said: “Currently there are four licensed premises within walking distance of my flat which emit a considerable amount of noise which I and my neighbours have to content with.

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They continue: “This will increase the amount of people desecrating in the street outside the property I live in.”

One resident wrote to the council to support the application.