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Residents set to fight battle of bands over Spitalfields club plans

PUBLISHED: 09:47 24 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:59 05 October 2010

RESIDENTS will be fighting plans to transform one of London s most popular market halls into an entertainment venue. The owner of the recently re-developed Old Spitalfields Market is hoping to get the go-ahead to use it for live music shows, dance perfo

By Gemma Collins

FAMILIES are fighting plans to transform one of London's most popular market halls into an entertainment venue.

The owner of the recently re-developed Old Spitalfields Market is hoping to get the go-ahead to use it for live music shows, dance performances, sporting events and boxing and wrestling matches, with booze constantly flowing.

Ballymore will face councillors on the Tower Hamlets licensing sub committee tonight after applying for a licence to sell booze and run entertainment until 9pm nightly.

But families living in Commercial Road and neighbouring Folgate Street and Lamb Street are worried this could disturb their evenings and lead to drunken punters on their doorstep.

Spitalfields Market Residents' Group chairman Michael Myers said: "Since the market is not an enclosed site in itself, sounds from live entertainment will seep out into the surrounding area, much of which is residential.

"The noise from people leaving after a raucous event and fuelled by alcohol will cause further considerable distress to residents."

But Ballymore insist Spitalfields Security will keep a watchful eye on the entertainment "to respect the public nature of the area and the needs of its community and residents."

The only exceptions to the 9pm limit are for 25 special extended licenses a year, when the company wants entertainment till 10.30pm and drinks till 11pm.


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