PLANS TO SELL ALCOHOL AT JUBILEE CAMPUS STUDENT CAFE OPPOSED BY RESIDENTS
Lynette Pinches (Nottingham Post Life Writer) reported on Friday 16 October 2020 that residents are opposed to an application by Nottingham university for a license at the Cafe Terrazzo on the Jubilee Camus to allow the sale off alcohol until midnight seven days a week. ...
Wollaton residents object to plans to sell alcohol at student cafe on Jubilee campus
They're worried about the disturbance
The licensing application for Cafe Terrazzo was spotted by a resident on a lamp post
Residents living near the University of Nottingham's Jubilee Campus fear plans for a student cafe to serve alcohol will lead to disturbance.
The university has applied to Nottingham City Council for a license at the existing Cafe Terrazzo to allow the sale of alcohol until midnight seven days a week.
The application for the cafe, located within the Exchange Building, also mentions live and recorded music and films.
Residents living nearby have raised objections to the proposals, saying there's already enough noise to contend with.
One, whose home in Orston Drive backs onto the site, said: "The reason for objecting is that the noise level has increased steadily over time with no support from the university.
"The noise and disturbance this will cause will be awful.
"Noise is our big concern, as is the gathering of students there until midnight, if this gets passed."
The resident, who asked not to be named, added: "Groups of students sit under the overhang by the library having loud discussions, shouting, swearing, playing music and drinking. There's also loud music coming from the accommodation but there is never anyone to tell. The security just shrug it off. There is very often a strong weed smell that you can smell from our gardens. This isn't occasional, it's very regular.
"Also in these Covid times, groups of students are still congregating there, we saw two groups of eight and about 12, no social distancing and no masks. We mentioned this to security and he said they social distance in lectures. But what about outside?"
Residents claim they were in the dark about the proposal until one of them spotted a licensing application stuck to a lamp post in the street.
Another neighbour, who also wanted to remain anonymous, added: "Having a place for the students past 10 o'clock with music is inconsiderate as the music echoes already to the residents on Orston Drive.
"I don't understand why they are here when most tutorials are online anyway. They are putting all of Nottingham at risk but the universities are only seeing pound signs as per usual."
The resident also complained about how difficult it is to object to the application, which has a deadline of tomorrow, October 16.
"You can apply to contest the application but when you try to you're hit with loads of forms and then excuses as to why the links don't work."
A University of Nottingham spokeswoman said: "A licensing application has been made for Cafe Terrazzo to add beer to its pizza takeaway and delivery service. This will be for retail only, there will be no bar and alcohol won’t be served to be consumed on the premises.
"Providing a range of takeaway and delivered food and drink options to students is part of our Stay In campaign and one of the ways we are supporting them in adhering to the strict government guidelines around socialising and social distancing.
"We urge all students to act responsibly in the communities where they live and the majority of our students are doing the right thing. Under our student Code of Conduct there are serious consequences for any students who do not obey the rules, including disciplinary action, fines and campus sanctions – in addition to police fines."
The spokeswoman added there are no plans for live or loud music in the area.
"The licence does include the provision to play music but this would be in terms of a staff radio for example. If there was to be a requested event that involved anything that could potentially disturb neighbours then normal procedures would be followed including writing to all neighbours and security carrying out regular soundchecks during the event."