The Vue Cinema application to serve food and alcohol until well after midnight was withdrawn on Friday, meaning that the mediation meeting on Monday and Licensing Sub-Committee the following week will now longer be needed.
As I suggested last week I felt compromise was in the air and so hopefully this decision reflects a willingness to start again having heard what most local residents have to say on the issue. There is no doubt in my mind that the cinema will be a valuable addition to the High Street and I look forward to its arrival, but a little more engagement with residents prior to applications like this would benefit everyone in the long run. I did feel the Council were actively engaged with Vue, but the tone of the responses to the licensing application did not suggest that this was the case and hopefully on all sides there will be increased dialogue as this project moves forward.
The formal notification from Officers reads as follows:
“I write to confirm that Poppleston Allen, the solicitors acting for Vue Entertainment Ltd, have today formally advised us that the licensing application in respect of Vue Cinema, 168-176 Eltham High Street, has been withdrawn.
Consequently, the mediation meeting at The Eltham Centre at 5:30pm on Monday 28 November 2016, and the Licensing Sub-Committee hearing at Woolwich Town Hallat 6:30pm on Monday 5 December, are now both cancelled.
We understand that it is Vue’s intention to re-lodge in 2017, following a process of consultation. Mr Smith of Poppleston Allen has asked us to advise that all those who lodged a valid representation during the recent consultation period, and/or representatives of those people, will be invited to a meeting prior to the re-lodging as part of that new consultation process.”