Leeds Greek venue bid causes concern

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Greek parties are known to be smashing good affairs, but they have caused a bit of a stir in one corner of Leeds.

A late night party and booze licence application for a community hall associated with the Greek Orthodox Church in Harehills has attracted a flurry of objections.

A report to be presented to a decision-making licensing panel at Leeds City Council next week says residents have already previously complained about fights breaking out outside the venue, parking chaos and loud parties being held until the early hours of the morning. There are fears that if permission is granted, it could lead to further problems.

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The dossier of objections includes a letter from local councillors, which says: “We do not object to the principle of this.

“However midnight is quite late for a predominantly residential area and at this time we have no way of knowing how frequently these events will be held. In addition, we have concerns over the noise levels causing disruption to neighbouring residents, particularly when people leave the event. Residents have also raised concerns about the impact of parking these events can have on surrounding residential areas as the premises has no parking provision.”

West Yorkshire Police’s licencing team has also expressed concerns, on the basis of crime and disorder, public nusiance and protecting children from harm, and asked for CCTV and an incident report register as a pre-condition.

The application will be considered by councillors on the Licensing Sub-Committee on Tuesday October 13.

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