Residents slam Rivington Street venue’s plans to open second door into premises

Rivington Street access is marked in red

Rivington Street access is marked in red - Credit: Archant

Residents living above a Shoreditch bar are facing another fight against its plans to open a second entrance.

The Strongroom Bar and Kitchen, in Curtain Road, has submitted a third application to create an access point into the building in Rivington Street.

But residents, who have complained about “nightmare” levels of anti-social behaviour, exacerbated by a recent pedestrian scheme in the area, have said the door would be directly above their homes – making the situation worse.

In a letter to the council, Simon Roberts, of the Rivington Management Association, said residents had made more than 20 complaints about noise and anti-social behaviour. He added: “While the plans are now looking to close earlier at night, this is still later than most children go to sleep, and the plans are simply chipping away at the original planning officers’ decision that the noise and safety of pedestrians are paramount.

“There is no acoustic sound lobby to stop the noise escaping on this access and one should have been added a very long time ago. The residents cannot see logic or reason why planning would allow this to go ahead.

“It is also just a matter of time before the Strongroom Club requests to open the door until 3am and it is not acceptable that you would be burdening the local residents with policing the noise and disturbances.

“It would be highly irresponsible of the council to put lives at risk and promote the night-time economy that is creating an explosion of anti-social behaviour and increase in potential accidents.”

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Strongroom’s revised planning application addressed the concerns: “Through promoting the economic viability of the premises and the employment of a doorman, the new entrance will create employment opportunities and support the economic vibrancy of the area.

“It will also improve movement through the site, thereby reducing pedestrian congestion on Curtain Road and encouraging the use of the newly pedestrianised Rivington Street. It will create equal access to the site for disabled and non-disabled people.”

It added a doorman and CCTV would be a “significant deterrent” to antisocial behaviour, crime and noise.