ILLEGAL AND UNLICENSED PREMISES CLOSED IN PENGE / LEWISHAM SEEK LOCAL BUILDING SUPPLIERS /NEW CROYDON COUNCIL HOMES UNVEILED

An unlicensed premises hosting events and parties in Croydon Road, Penge has been closed because of serious illegal and ongoing nuisance to members of the public.

The Closure Order was heard and granted by Bromley magistrates court under Section 80 of the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014. The order closed the unlicensed, illegal premises which had been operating as a nightclub known as MFB Lounge and Snack Bar.

The court heard that from summer 2019 the council had received a catalogue of complaints from residents and businesses about nuisance and anti-social behaviour. The premises, which had dual use as clothes shop and hairdressers at the front while the illegal nightclub operated at the rear, had witnesses to illegal drug taking, loud amplified music, dog fighting, slamming car doors and other anti-social activities taking place until the early hours of the morning.

Licensing officers from Bromley council supported by the police, visited the premises on several occasions before issuing warning letters. The letters about anti-social behaviour and licensing were formally delivered to the person running it at the premises and at his home address.

The letters gave him the opportunity to apply for a legitimate license, although he continued to deny that he needed one, and gave notice of the potential closure, says a Bromley council statement.

Eventually, the entire premises was closed under the three month closure notice. Should anybody remain or enter the premises without reasonable excuse, they are committing an offence under section 86 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act and are liable on summary conviction to receive an unlimited fine or imprisonment.

The hearing was held on Friday 13 December 2019. (Source: Bromley council press release)

LEWISHAM COUNCIL SEEK LOCAL BUILDING SUPPLIERS

Lewisham council are looking for local building companies in and around Lewisham to join our list of maintenance and home improvement suppliers.

“We are helping Lewisham residents improve their quality of life by carrying out various maintenance and home improvement works in their homes. This might range from replacing doors and windows or a roof to fitting a new kitchen” says a council press release. “We’re also looking for electrical and plumbing companies.”

A Lewisham council spokesman told News From Crystal Palace: “Essentially, we are offering various loans and grants to Lewisham homeowners and landlords. “They can be for home improvements (ranging from just changing a door to fixing a roof), helping landlords get their property into a rentable condition or installing specific aids for disabled residents.

“The majority of our contractors working on this are based in north London. “So, we are looking for more local companies instead, as this will support the local economy.”

If you’re an interested business please call 020 8314 6622 for more information and to ask for an application form.

For home owners, private tenants and private sector landlords wanting to apply for grants, further information is available at: https://lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/housing/grants-loans

(Source: Lewisham council press release)

Please call 020 8314 6622 for more information and to ask for an application form.

NEW CROYDON COUNCIL HOMES UNVEILED

The first council homes built for Croydon residents by local developer Brick By Brick have been completed and unveiled.

Three borough residents who had been on the council housing waiting list have now moved into the brand new one-bedroom flats in Thornton Heath and will pay council rents.

Named Flora Court after local First World War soldier Flora Sandes, the development in Chipstead Avenue was unveiled on Monday by the council’s deputy leader Cllr Alison Butler alongside one of the new council tenants, council staff and Brick By Brick’s development team. (Source: Croydon council press release)

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