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Application to Review License of Superway Express on Kennington Lane: Comments by 30th November

The Metropolitan Police has applied to Lambeth Council to review the license of the above premises at 344 Kennington Lane.

Read the supporting documents and comment on the application.

You can read the supporting documents athttps://www.lambeth.gov.uk/business-services-rates-and-licensing/licence-comments/current-licence-applications and can comment on the application by clicking the link on the right hand side of the page 'comment on a license application'.

Cllr Joanne Simpson is leading on this, and has submitted representations on behalf of all three Prince's ward Councillors, which you can read below. Joanne is primarily concerned about the premise selling alcohol to underage persons and persistently selling single cans of beer to street drinkers, which breach's Lambeth's policy, and intoxicated persons, contributing to alcohol-related activity on Vauxhall Street, Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens and the Vauxhall area.

If you make an application, please remember to refer to Lambeth's licensing objectives in your comments. All licensable activities in Lambeth should contribute to, or not have a negative impact on our four objectives:

  • preventing crime and disorder
  • public safety
  • preventing public nuisance
  • protecting children from harm


Councillor representations to Lambeth Licensing

Dear Ms Rochester,

I am writing on behalf of the three Prince’s ward Councillors to register our full support for Metropolitan Police’s request to review the license of Superway Express, 244 Kennington Lane, SE11. The premises has consistently breached all four of Lambeth’s licensing policy objectives, details of which I shall set out below.
Preventing crime and disorder:
Superway is well known for breaching its licensing conditions by selling single cans to customers. It also sells alcohol to already inebriated individuals. This has been witnessed by me in person, and is also an issue which is regularly brought to my attention by the Chair of the Prince’s Safer Neighbourhood Panel, Griff Owens (whom I understand has made his own representations) and also by Vauxhall Gardens Estate Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, which represents 1,200 households in the neighbouring area. 
The Vauxhall area has a long-standing problem with street drinking and associated anti-social behaviour and criminal activity. Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens and Vauxhall Street in particular are blighted by these problems. A significant amount of police and Council resources is spent in policing and patrolling this area because of the problems, and the area remains a dispersal zone. I have no doubt that illegally selling single cans and/or selling alcohol to inebriated individuals contributes to this. I am on record for calling 101 on a number of occasions to report these problems when I have seen anti-social behaviour being committed in the area by street drinkers and drunken groups of people loitering and drinking outside the parade of shops on Vauxhall Street.
Public safety:
I frequently receive complaints from individuals about feeling unsafe in the area owing to street drinkers and inebriated individuals. Groups of people drinking on the streets, shouting, and acting uninhibited and unpredictably is very intimidating for members of the public. Selling single cans and/or selling alcohol to already drunk people contributes to this.
Public nuisance:
Patrons who wish to buy single cans and/or alcohol whilst already inebriated characteristically tend to congregate and drink in public places. In the case of Superway Express’ customers, this typically tends to be Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens and Vauxhall Street. As the local Councillor, I have been fighting a long battle against associated littering of these areas. I frequently report instances of dropped cans, empty bottles and cigarette butts in the area, some pictures of which I attach. 
Protecting children from harm:
The Police’s evidence of this establishment selling alcohol to underage children ought to be reason enough for Superway Express to be considered in breach of Lambeth’s licensing objective to protect children from harm. I would like to add to this that nearby is a secondary school, primary school, community centres and Vauxhall City Farm. The children who attend these places are all regularly exposed to the problems which I outline above. Vauxhall City Farm in particular is victim to associated public safety issues with street drinking. I regularly meet with the Chief Executive, and understand that each morning farm staff and volunteers must clear smashed glass, cans and also syringes from the horse stables and the steps before they can be used by children, many of whom are autistic, who come to the farm for horse-riding lessons in the paddock on Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens.
I do hope that my colleagues on Licensing Sub-Committee are able to consider to the points I make above, and are able to support the request for a review of this premises. I am an advocate of the evening and night-time economy in Vauxhall, and believe that on the whole, Vauxhall is a more vibrant and welcoming place because of it. However, this relationship has to be two-way, and Superway Express, by breaching all four of Lambeth’s licensing objectives, shows nothing but contempt for the welfare of the community which I represent.
Best wishes,
Cllr Joanne Simpson
Labour Councillor for Prince’s Ward

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