February saw the opening of the new zebra crossing on Pickhurst Lane, close to the bottom of Station Approach. The crossing was put in following requests from the Safer Neighbourhood Panel, supported by your local councillors.
After some years of lobbying by residents and your local councillors, a zebra crossing has been approved for a location near Station Approach, a short distance towards the Bourne Vale junction. Actual installation of the crossing is expected next year.
It is hoped this will make this well-used walking route safer as well as slowing traffic down at the junction.
The consultation (drawing pdf here) closes on 22nd August.
The application to vary the licence for The New Inn was heard this morning. The hearing was attended by Cllr. Neil Reddin and also representatives from the Hayes Village Association and Wickham Common Residents’ Association.
Following representations from those present, the committee agreed to allow drinking only with a meal for the final hour (11pm to midnight) on Sunday through to Thursday – the existing licence already allows opening until midnight, though the current owners only usually serve alcohol until 11pm.
It was also agreed to allow drinking in the outside areas (including the back garden) only until 10pm.
The applicant had already agreed to change their proposed closing time of 00:30 back to the existing midnight, and the committee allowed the serving of (non-alcoholic) refreshments until midnight.
The licensee expects the refurbishments to be completed on the ground floor (the new restaurant and bar area) in time for a mid-June opening.
We anticipate that the plans for the upstairs function room will require a seperate licensing application, following a planning application.
Yesterday saw Bob Stewart DSO, the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Beckenham, out and about in Hayes Station Approach together with Cllrs. Graham Arthur, Anne Manning and Neil Reddin (ward councillors and Conservative council candidates) and supporters. The team spoke to many people and are all looking forward to the opportunity to serve Hayes and Coney Hall over the next few years.
Changes are afoot at the The New Inn in Station Approach. The owners hosted a meeting with residents recently where they presented part of their plans for the business, prior to the former “Harvester” closing in March for a major refurbishment. The restaurant is to move onto the ground floor, while a function room is envisaged on the first floor. We understand that an element of “take-away” of food and drink is also proposed.
Now a licensing application has been received. The owners are seeking an extension in hours to 12:30am, as well as permission for music, dance and other activities. Also, an extension to 10am on New Year’s Day as well as permission to hold 20 events a year without notifying the police (currently 12). A regular opening time of 8am for hot beverages is also sought.
Your ward members are currently examining the proposals, some aspects of which will also require planning permission, which ought to be obtained before any licence variations are granted.