Council fails to publish papers for Boxpark licensing meeting

The council’s administration of its public meetings has again fallen short, ahead of a licensing sub-committee due to be held at the Town Hall tomorrow morning.

Boxpark: council’s failed to shine a light on its licensing application

The last licensing committee meeting has become a matter of controversy because neither the chair, Labour councillor Jane Avis, nor the committee clerk, council official James Haywood, had ensured that a member of the council’s legal department was on-hand to provide advice. A decision on the proposed new licensing policy, which needs to be implemented by 2019, was therefore deferred until January.

The council has a legal duty to publish the agendas of all its public meetings at least seven days in advance. By this morning, there was still no published agenda available for the licensing sub-committee.

The omission could be a council cock-up (just the latest), but some are inclined to assume that the absence of an agenda is to avoid drawing too much public attention to one matter believed to up for a decision, involving Boxpark, the council’s favourite booze and music venue. Jo Negrini and Tony Newman, the chief exec and council leader, have, after all, handed Boozepark a £3million loan and a £180,000 grant of public dosh.

Licensing chair: Jane Avis

Katharine Street sources are aware that there has been an application by Boozepark for what is called a “Temporary Events Notice”. There is a suggestion that there may have been an objection raised by the local police, though in the absence of a properly published agenda, or any response from the council officer responsible, it has not been possible to confirm that, or the nature of any possible objection.

The absence of an agenda and due notice of the application by Boozepark will have also made it more difficult for any objections to be raised by the public.

A high-profile Eskimo Dance gig at Boxpark and advertised in October had to be cancelled at the last minute and tickets refunded when the venue was without a required licence for the event.


  • Inside Croydon is a member of the Independent Community News Network
  • Inside Croydon is the borough’s only independent news source, and still based in the heart of Croydon
  • 1 MILLION PAGE VIEWS IN 2017 (January to September)
  • If you have a news story about life in or around Croydon, a residents’ or business association or a local event to publicise, please email us with full details at inside.croydon@btinternet.com
Advertisements

About insidecroydon

News, views and analysis about the people of Croydon, their lives and political times in the diverse and most-populated borough in London. Based in Croydon and edited by Steven Downes. To contact us, please email inside.croydon@btinternet.com
This entry was posted in Boxpark, Business, Croydon Council, Jane Avis and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s