12:32PM, Wednesday 07 May 2014
An 'ambitious' plan to open a late night 'champagne and cocktail lounge' has provoked a storm of opposition from neighbours.
At a meeting of the Royal Borough's licensing sub-committee last night Tracy Redington insisted that she and business partner Katie Riach envisaged a bar for mature customers on the site of a former restaurant at 5 St Leonard's Road, Windsor.
But neighbours who turned up at the town's Guildhall in High Street for the hearing were not convinced. They fiercely opposed the requested 2am drinks licence from Wednesday to Saturday night, which would bring the night time economy to their doorsteps.
Neighbour Gary Higgitt said: "I'm over 30. I would love to have a place aimed at over 30s but this is the wrong place. A 2am licence is not feasible in an area where so many people are living."
Licensing officer Alan Barwise admitted the 2am application was 'ambitious' when he presented it to councillors.
Neighbour Norman Baker said: "We already get revellers from the other side of town coming down the road at 2.30am to 3am. They are not sober and this would only add to the problem."
This view has been echoed by Thames Valley Police. A report submitted by police licensing officer Debie Pearmain said the premises could add to noise nuisance.
But in a powerful appeal to neighbours at the meeting Tracy said: "At least give us a chance.
"You don't know us and we don't know you.
"But we know how to run a bar. Just give us a chance. Let us do our job."
At the end of the meeting panel chairman Cllr Jesse Grey (Con, Datchet) said councillors' decision would be made known within five working days.
An independent report into a Conservative councillor has found a breach of the Royal Borough’s code of conduct in a document seen by the Advertiser.