A new cafe in Bishop’s Stortford has been granted permission to sell alcohol, despite objections from some neighbours.
East Herts Councillors agreed to grant a licence to Afonso’s Coffee House in Hockerill Street at a meeting at the council chamber in Hertford this morning (Friday, August 25).
The committee consisting of Councillors Phyllis Ballam, Norma Symonds and chairman Michael McMullen was convened after two members of the public and a councillor objected to the application, claiming it would cause a noise nuisance, increase traffic and was unnecessary due to the number of licensed premises in the town.
Miguel Passos, the owner of the Portuguese cafe, which has been open for about a month and has a capacity of 12 people, had previously agreed 12 more conditions with the police.
They included reducing the proposed hours of 10.30am to 10.30pm to starting at noon, and only serving alcoholic drinks with food.
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The smoking area will also be located at the front of the cafe, with a maximum of three people allowed.
Manuel Rocha, who represented Mr Passos at the hearing, said: “In Portugal and Spain, we eat and drink, we don’t have a culture of just drinking. It’s in our nature – it’s more socialising.”
Mrs Symonds said: “As a member for Bishop’s Stortford, I’ve never seen any problems outside the Portuguese restaurants and bars there.”
None of the objectors made representations at the hearing.
Councillor Michael McMullen told Mr Passos: “The committee is satisfied that with the additional conditions and reduced hours agreed with the police that the licensing objectives will be met.
“The rest is up to you, and I wish you luck.”
Following the hearing, Mr Rocha said: “[Mr Passos] is happy with the decision, we understand the concerns of the neighbours and the committee – they want to make sure everyone is happy.”
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Source: Hertfordshire Live