Printers and Stationers

WE HAVE NOT GONE AWAY HERE IS WHY WE ARE CLOSED

Our current license does not allow us to sell alcohol outside on our tables and chairs.

We applied to extend our licence and we expected the whole process to be completed by 6 August at the latest.

Our application has attracted a lot of support and some objections.
Due to the objections it will have to be discussed in front of the Licensing Sub Committee who will reach a decision. Citing delays caused by the pandemic Tower Hamlets has not yet confirmed a date.

In order to make the most of the summer months, high season for us, we have used Temporary Event Notices enabling us to serve alcohol on our table and chairs outside. Unfortunately, we have already used the maximum number allowed per address per year.

We have reached out to licensing and other services in Tower Hamlets but with no success in finding an interim solution.

We did not expect to find the council and our neighbours so uncooperative, especially after what all business have gone through during the pandemic.

We have had to take the decision to close until further notice.

We are quite flabbergasted that this is the only option for us. It feels like a huge let down from the authorities not dealing with the back logs in a sensitive manner for the businesses affected.

Why can’t licences be provisionally granted until their hearing to enable the business to carry on trading?

We will keep you posted. In the meantime, feel free to leave a comment to show your support!

Thank you

Printers and Stationers

WE HAVE NOT GONE AWAY

HERE IS WHY WE ARE CLOSED

Our current license does not allow us to sell alcohol outside on our tables and chairs.

We applied to extend our licence and we expected the whole process to be completed by 6 August at the latest.

Our application has attracted a lot of support and some objections.

Due to the objections it will have to be discussed in front of the Licensing Sub Committee who will reach a decision. Citing delays caused by the pandemic Tower Hamlets has not yet confirmed a date.

In order to make the most of the summer months, high season for us, we have used Temporary Event Notices enabling us to serve alcohol on our table and chairs outside. Unfortunately, we have already used the maximum number allowed per address per year.

We have reached out to licensing and other services in Tower Hamlets but with no success in finding an interim solution.

We did not expect to find the council and our neighbours so uncooperative, especially after what all business have gone through during the pandemic.

We have had to take the decision to close until further notice.

We are quite flabbergasted that this is the only option for us. It feels like a huge let down from the authorities not dealing with the back logs in a sensitive manner for the businesses affected.

Why can’t licences be provisionally granted until their hearing to enable the business to carry on trading?

We will keep you posted. In the meantime, feel free to leave a comment to show your support!

Thank you

19 Comments

  1. Laura
    23/08/2021 @ 3:33 PM

    I’m so sorry to hear this.

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  2. Claire
    23/08/2021 @ 4:25 PM

    I’m so sorry that you guys aren’t receiving the support you deserve, from the community you serve.
    Best of luck in this next phase.

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    • Augustin
      29/08/2021 @ 9:58 AM

      We have actually received a lot of support so thank you. Unfortunately the system pays more attention to the very few objecting

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  3. Daniel Torres
    23/08/2021 @ 4:42 PM

    These are unusual times where emergency laws have been brought into place to aid the well being of humanity – but not the well being of businesses

    If we can change the democracy of the yo parliament to make it safe for the public, why can’t we bend the rules to make sure people’s livelihoods are protected and the national is finally allowed to enjoy themselves

    Seems we are happy to bend for one side and not the other

    It’s not as if it’s a business that harms anybody – they’re there for the greater good of people & our well being / mental health

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    • Augustin
      29/08/2021 @ 9:43 AM

      Couldn’t agree more.
      At least we have been given a date now so there is hope at the end of the tunnel

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  4. Paula
    23/08/2021 @ 4:43 PM

    Tower Hamlets support, or lack of… is utterly breathtaking but sadly not surprising!
    Sorry that you and other businesses in the area have been let down so badly.

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    • Augustin
      29/08/2021 @ 9:55 AM

      Yes unfortunately not surprising. Let’s hope all goes well on 14 September

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  5. Lu
    23/08/2021 @ 7:43 PM

    You guys are such an asset to Columbia Road and I sincerely hope the council sort this for you soon! You and the other hospitality businesses in the area make the street what it is

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    • Augustin
      29/08/2021 @ 9:54 AM

      Aw thank you. It is so good to hear

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  6. Julie
    23/08/2021 @ 9:02 PM

    I think it is completely irresponsible of the council to treat businesses in this manner, that because of their incompetency in dealing with decisions needed in a timely manner that businesses and people’s livelihood are put at risk in this way!
    Come on Tower Hamlets, address this matter now!
    Will be glad to sign a petition!

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    • Augustin
      29/08/2021 @ 9:54 AM

      Sometimes I really wish my business were just the other side of the Hackney Road. Tower Hamlets are making it so hard for business owners…

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  7. Alexandra Hacking
    23/08/2021 @ 9:03 PM

    Hi guys,

    I’m really sorry to hear about the predicament you’re in. I don’t know if you’re receiving any legal advice, but I’ve have used Jack from Thomas and Thomas for all our licensing and have found him to be very helpful. He’s dealt with cases like yours plenty of times, however I can’t say how the delays the councils are facing because of the pandemic might affect the timings of everything. His contact is […] and […].

    Best of luck,

    Alex x

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    • Augustin
      26/08/2021 @ 10:26 AM

      Thanks Alexandra,
      I am actually using Jack, so finger crossed !!

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  8. Sandra Deighton
    23/08/2021 @ 10:30 PM

    I support your application and hope that you will succeed in obtaining this licence. I do feel for you in the current climate. Its all a bit crazy. Wishing you every success. Is there a petition you could start? Let us know.

    Sandra Deighton

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  9. Lnatalie
    24/08/2021 @ 9:52 AM

    You may have already done this. But have you tried contacting the Chief Executive, Leader of the Council and Local MPs? They may be able to put some pressure on the licensing team. Good luck.

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    • Augustin
      29/08/2021 @ 9:39 AM

      Yes we wrote to a number of councillor even a cabinet minister but we have heard nothing back so far.

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  10. Deanne
    24/08/2021 @ 11:18 AM

    This is ridiculous when you have a premises right next door selling alcohol outside. It’s such a lovely atmosphere. It’s such a shame that a business which is at the heart of the community can be brought to its knees by one or two objectionable people. Good luck and hope you get your license. Look forward to coming for a drink to celebrate 🤞

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    • Augustin
      29/08/2021 @ 9:37 AM

      Thank you for your commment. We have been given a date for the hearing, 14 September so if all goes well we should reopen soon after. Fingers crossed

      Reply

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