Search

Shoreditch pop-up The Pump must stop selling booze and late-night food

PUBLISHED: 07:29 02 March 2016 | UPDATED: 08:39 02 March 2016

General view of The Pump in Shoreditch High Street.

General view of The Pump in Shoreditch High Street.

Archant

The owners of a former petrol station converted into a late-night street market without proper consent to sell alcohol have been ordered to pay £25,000.

General view of The Pump in Shoreditch High Street.General view of The Pump in Shoreditch High Street.

The Pump and Boneyard, in Shoreditch High Street, was ordered to stop selling alcohol from its bar, and hot food and drinks from its 11 different vendors after 11pm, at a Thames Magistrates Court hearing.

Hackney Council this week said the pop-up had subjected neighbours to “months of noise and antisocial behaviour”.

District judge Angus Hamilton on February 4 dismissed an appeal against the council’s decision to revoke the Pump and Boneyard’s licence.

Barristers for Hackney Council argued the shop and forecourt had been completely transformed from the former Texaco petrol station and minimarket into a huge drinking establishment at a four-day hearing in January.

They said the change – which had not gone through the proper licensing process – was adding to problems with antisocial behaviour already blighting the neighbourhood.

The council had received numerous complaints from people living nearby, it said. Seven of them came to give evidence in court.

Summing up, the judge said Robert Newmark from owner Le Brea Ltd had “clearly demonstrated contempt for the laws and regulations that govern the transformation of a petrol station and minimarket into a bar and eating place, selling up to £5,000 worth of alcohol a day.”

He added it was “entirely legitimate for the licensing authority to consider the issue of cumulative impact when they call in for review the licence of [...] a misbehaving licensee.”

Mr Newmark had tried and failed twice to get the licence altered so the venue could legally operate as a bar and restaurant. But the venue launched anyway, trying to comply with the alcohol restrictions by selling drinks from a former minimarket there.

Deputy Mayor Cllr Sophie Linden, said: “Residents living near the Pump and Boneyard had been subjected to months of noise and antisocial behaviour that was having a very real effect on their lives. Having the correct licence is important as it ensures the interests of residents are taken into consideration.”

La Brea could not be reached for comment.

Latest Hackney Stories

Yesterday, 18:11

Middlesex captain Dawid Malan was pleased to see his side complete their 117-run win over Derbyshire at Lord’s on Friday.

Yesterday, 16:26

Tim Murtagh finished with 4-55 as Middlesex ran through the Derbyshire batting to secure a 117-run victory in their final home County Championship match of the season at Lord’s.

Yesterday, 18:08

Drumming legend Jah Bunny tells Emma Bartholomew how meeting his idol as a teenager in Jamaica has stuck with him for the whole of his life. Now aged 69 his story is included in an upcoming Hackney Museum exhibition about how Black musicians have influenced the borough’s cultural scene

Yesterday, 17:19

The multi-million-pound renovation of Hackney Marshes and Mabley Green has finished with the unveiling of the new pavilion and changing rooms.

Yesterday, 16:45

Construction work at an old studio site in Hackney Wick has been halted after complaints that odours from the ground were giving children at a nearby primary school headaches.

Yesterday, 15:49

Arsenal boss Unai Emery wants to draw fans back to the Emirates for Europa League matches after a low turnout for the Gunners’ 4-2 victory over FC Vorskla Poltava.

Yesterday, 15:03

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has hailed midfielder Lucas Torreira after the Gunners’ 4-2 Europa League victory over FC Vorskla Poltava.

Yesterday, 15:00

Members of the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust have helped raise £75,000 for Prostate Cancer UK over the last three years

PROMOTED CONTENT

‘Fostering has been really positive for me, I have no regrets whatsoever.’

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now


Newsletter Sign Up

Hackney Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists