Late night licence for Leigh team rooms and furniture store

A popular furniture store and tea room in Leigh-on-Sea has been granted a late night licence to sell alcohol.

Mad Dogs and Englishmen in London Road has been given permission to serve alcohol up to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

The business was granted permission to serve alcohol up to 10pm in April.

However, growing demand from customers who want to stay longer has led owners Gill and Justin Hazel to make the application for an extension despite opposition from some residents and Leigh Town Council.

Mr Hazell said: “Over the last two months since we’ve had the alcohol licence we’ve had temporary licences for 12midnight on Friday night, especially in the run up to Christmas, because there’s a big demand from our customers to want to come and stay and we haven’t had any problems. We’ve managed that without door staff.

“We’re all seated. We don’t have people standing up. We do food in the evenings. We’re not a loud, lively bar and we don’t want to be like that. We’re simply adapting to our clients and to how we feel we can move forward as a business especially with everything that’s happened with COVID.”

Resident, Paul Haden, addressed the licensing committee meeting at Southend Council.

He said: “The events have grown. The group sizes have grown and so have the parking issues.
“We raise concerns with people who park inconsiderately. Sometimes they block you in and it isn’t pleasant tackling people

“The residents’ concern is that now we are adding a late night alcohol licence to this there is going to be an element of danger now when we engage with the clientele.”

Douglas Cracknell, chairman of Leigh Town Council said: “Given the proximity to a highly residential area, Leigh town Council are objecting on the prevention of public nuisance and the protection of children from harm

“By increasingly the licence by two additional hours it would lead to an increase in noise disturbance to the residents.”

The licence extension was granted with the proviso that licensed door staff will be provided on a risk assessment basis.

Christine Sexton

Local Democracy Reporter