Lights flouting the law in Stoke Newington

A Stoke Newington pub will face legal action if it does not remove its glaring lights.

Hackney Council’s planning department gave The Lion pub in Stoke Newington Church Street 28 days to remove the illuminated lighting on its signage on August 16.

But the deadline passed on September 13 and the lights are still up.

The Lion is not a listed building, however it is located within the Stoke Newington conservation area and does not have permission for illuminated signage.

“We sent them a warning letter and short of going down there and taking it down ourselves we are going to do some enforcement action,” said a council spokesman.

“It will get to the stage where if they don’t remove it, it will go to the courts.

“There’s quite a glare off it, and it’s illegal,” he added.

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“We are also aware of complaints regarding the use of illegal street furniture outside the pub and our street trading team will continue looking into this.”

Permission to put tables and chairs outside the premises requires a shop front trading licence at a cost of �375 for a six-month temporary licence and then �7.50 a week for a permanent licence.

Failure to comply with the law means the pub could face court action and a fine of up to �1,000.

The Lion had also delayed installation of a sound limiter, flouting the terms of its 2005 licence regulations.

But following noise complaints from nearby residents, and a visit from the council’s noise team is July, the pub fitted the device, which ensures noise does not exceed a certain level.

The pub’s assistant manager did not wish to comment.