10 minutes to help make West Ealing a safer place

One of WEN’s biggest concerns for West Ealing for quite some time has been the anti-social behaviour related to alcohol. We see two aspects to this behaviour. The first is groups of street drinkers who are often in and around Dean Gardens, Melbourne Ave and other regular spots. We have no problem with RISE and the essential addiction recovery services it runs, but groups of street drinkers can intimidate and upset residents and shoppers. The second is the more serious problem of occasional violent behaviour by young men, often on a Friday night/Saturday morning. The latter group have harassed traders at the weekly farmers’ market and disturbed residents of homes close to Dean Gardens.

WEN is very active in working with local faith groups, the police, community groups, businesses, councillors and Ealing Council to tackle these issues. There is now a major opportunity for you to help us tackle one of the key causes of this anti-social behaviour – the availability of alcohol in West Ealing any time of day or night. The licences of two off licences are up for review following work by the police to gather evidence of alcohol being sold to a minor, the storage of non-duty paid goods, the sale of alcohol to intoxicated people and the employment of illegal immigrants. The two licences are those of Cudi and Broadway International, both very close to Dean Gardens. Cudi’s licence is currently from 8am to midnight and Broadway International’s is 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

WEN and other groups will be responding to these licence consultations. If you have been affected by alcohol-induced anti-social behaviour we hope you will take a few minutes to respond to this consultation. It is worth knowing that the Council’s current policy is for core licensing hours of 8am-11pm Monday to Saturday and 10am-10.30pm on Sunday. Neither Cudi’s nor International Broadway’s licences operate within these hours at the moment.

To object you need to do so under one of four specific headings:
• Prevention of crime and disorder
• Public safety
• Prevention of public nuisance
• Protection of children from harm
If you have specific instances of anti-social behaviour it would be good to include these in your comments.

It’s important to read the information on the Council’s website first and you can find this a here. This includes the specific police concerns for both shops. As each review is separate you will need to send in separate submissions for each off licence. You can email your comments to licensing@ealing.gov.uk or write them in a letter and send it to The Licensing Team, Regulatory Services, Perceval House, 14-16 Uxbridge Road, Ealing W5 2HL and the closing date is Friday 19th February.

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