Committee to rule on Aldershot pub reopeningBy Amy Taylor
January 21, 2013
OBJECTIONS have been made to an application to re-open what was formerly the Albion pub in Waterloo Road.
The Aldershot pub, which closed last summer, has applied to re-open, provoking dismay from residents of the street, who say their peace will be disturbed again.
A dozen objections have been submitted to Rushmoor Borough Council and, as a result, a licensing committee meeting will be held to discuss the application.
Representation will be heard at the council offices in Farnborough at 10am on Tuesday, January 22 ahead of a decision on whether the applicant, Kishor Gurung, will be allowed to use the building as a pub.
Opening hours are requested as 11am to 11pm every day except Sunday, when it would close at 10pm, with extended hours on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and other public holidays until 1am.
Many neighbours, some of who have lived in the road for decades, say the Albion pub directly led to increased vandalism and damage to cars, as well as violence and noise from revellers leaving late.
Some referred to the tranquillity they had experienced since the Albion closed its doors, asking that Rushmoor officers would allow them to continue enjoying this peace and quiet by refusing the application.
One letter to the council, from neighbours living opposite the pub, said: “This summer we have been able to have our windows open during the evening without having any noise or disturbances from the pub. We have had so many broken nights’ sleep throughout the previous summer it has been unbelievable and some occasion we haven’t been able to hear our television.”
Quality of life since the Albion’s demise, neighbours said, had improved 100%, with parking issues easing and Waterloo Road becoming a quiet residential street.
One man said he didn’t want to go back to hiding his children’s faces from the living room windows in case they saw ‘something else undesirable’.
Rubbish, public urination and people wandering into neighbours’ front gardens while intoxicated were also listed as reasons against the application, as well as the noise from music inside the pub, which some claimed would last until the early hours of the morning, car engines and taxis arriving.
The application, which confirms that a ‘zero tolerance’ attitude towards drugs will be in place, does not require a change of licence, would not ordinarily require a committee meeting, but the number of representations referring to public nuisance and crime and disorder mean that they have been taken as relevant to the licencing conditions.
Of the 12 received, the council considers 11 to be relevant and will be considered at the meeting next week.
Despite the long history of a pub in Waterloo Road, neighbours suggest that its nature has changed over the last few years, attracting a younger clientele. It is just one of many pubs within a mile radius.