London Fields Brewery in row over late-night boxing and wrestling bid
PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 April 2016 | UPDATED: 09:12 28 April 2016
London Fields Brewery is facing “12 rounds” with neighbours over plans to host boxing and wrestling events until 3am.
The embattled brewery in Warburton Street, dubbed “Britain’s most fashionable”, is up for sale following a £1million fraud charge against its owner, Julian de Vere Whiteway-Wilkinson.
But that hasn’t stopped bosses submitting a licensing application to extend opening hours and host boxing and wrestling at its neighbouring entertainment venue, The Brewhouse.
The move could see events at the hipster haunt run until at least midnight seven days a week, with 3am finishes Thursday to Friday.
But more than 100 neighbours from the Warburton and Darcy estate, which overlooks the railway arches housing The Brewhouse, are fighting the plans.
"We don’t want no boxing, that’s supposed to be happening in a stadium, like you see on the TV"
A spokeswoman for the Tenants and Residents’ Association said families are woken in the night and revellers urinate on their doorsteps. The group
believes the application was made to increase the marketable value of the premises to lure potential buyers.
The spokeswoman said: “We get woken up at all hours and can’t get back to sleep. There’s a lot of anti-social behaviour and this is a residential area. We’ve got new flats being built all around and it’s going to be a big problem for the people moving into them too.
“We don’t want no boxing, that’s supposed to be happening in a stadium, like you see on the TV.
“The nightlife around here has become like Dalston and Shoreditch, the young people don’t sleep all weekend and this will only make it worse.”
It is the second time the brewery has applied to extend the hours, after being knocked back in
Currently events must finish at 7pm on Mondays and Tuesdays and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, although Temporary Event Notices have been used to run events as late as 5am.
The later hours have been backed by a host of club promoters, but police have called for it to be withdrawn due to the owners’ criminal charge.
Whiteway-Wilkinson, who opened the brewery in 2011, will next month face three counts of cheating the public revenue and one of fraudulently evading income tax.
A decision will be made on Tuesday night at a town hall licensing committee.
London Fields Brewery did not want to comment on the issue.
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