Search

Boxpark chief dismisses anti-social behaviour claims as late-night licensing bid is passed

PUBLISHED: 17:41 02 November 2016 | UPDATED: 14:28 07 November 2016

Boxpark in Shoreditch

Boxpark in Shoreditch

Archant

The CEO of Boxpark Shoreditch has hit back at claims it is a “cancer” to the community, saying there is no problem with anti-social behaviour.

Roger Wade was responding to comments made by neighbours in a report ahead of a licensing meeting at the town hall last night.

Fast-food joint Chicken Box had applied to extend its licence to serve booze until 11pm, which was eventually passed with conditions attached.

Locals had objected to the plans, saying mornings in the area looked like “the apocalypse swept through”.

But Mr Wade said the venue was a “well run and safe retail venue”.

He said: “This is wholly untrue and inaccurate. When Boxpark was first built on the Goodsyard site, the area had an illegal market selling everything from live pets to stolen goods, rubbish everywhere, and a major problem with drugs and homeless people.

“Since opening we have worked with Hackney Council to improve the entire area. The facts are there is not a ‘rising number of bars’.

“No new bar applications have been granted in the past two years, and the vast majority of our units do not sell alcohol. “And contrary to comments the venue is not ‘out of control’. The venue is well run with 24-hour security, CCTV and cleaning.”

He added: “We were not aware of the Chicken Box application to extend the licensing hours from 8pm to 11pm. Chicken Box is a privately run business and we do not control its licensing activities.

“Over 18 months ago, Boxpark consulted extensively with our tenants, Hackney Council, police and local groups to discuss the best way forward with resolving their concerns.

“As a result, we voluntarily agreed to reduce and monitor the licensing hours at Boxpark from 11pm to 9pm. The council and the local residents objected to this proposal and it was not successful.

“Boxpark Shoreditch is a well run and safe retail venue. The vast majority of visitors quietly enjoy Boxpark and we have no serious problems with anti-social behaviour.

“Since opening in December 2011 we have had no serious police-related incidents due to anti-social behaviour. We are a home to nearly 40 small businesses, which employ hundreds of young local people, and we are a major attraction for 500,000-plus visitors a year.

“We are happy to sit down with the council and local residents to listen to their legitimate concerns, and discuss the best way forward.”

The application was approved after agreements were reached with the Chicken Box, the town hall and the residents, council papers show.

Mr Wade also believes the objections were withdrawn at the meeting, which the Gazette was unable to immediately confirm with the council.

Latest East London News Stories

An anti-drugs street art campaign has appeared in and around Columbia road, Bethnal Green.

Historic, innovative and quirky buildings across Tower Hamlets are set to open their doors for one weekend only as part of Open House London.

The DLR is back up and running after the entire line went down this morning.

07:00

Calls on the public today to vote in another referendum are being made by Tower Hamlets Council’s newly-appointed Brexit Commissioner.

Yesterday, 17:33

Senior coroner Mary Hassell has today unveiled the new policy that will dictate how her office decides which deaths to deal with first.

Yesterday, 15:00

Parishioners joined faith and civic leaders on a canal barge yesterday to get the Bishop of Stepney’s official blessing for their new community.

Yesterday, 13:00

A snake found stuck in a mousetrap in the street in Limehouse has been rescued by the RSPCA, the second found within a mile in just eight weeks.

Yesterday, 12:00

A financial ‘health centre’ is being opened today to help families struggling to make ends meet as the government completes its roll-out of Universal Credit to postcodes around Bethnal Green and part of Shoreditch.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Are you a landlord looking for a fixed rental income, paid whether the property is empty or not? Steve Westley, general manager at estate agents Elliot Leigh, explains their Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it takes the stress out of letting your property.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now