Police object to The Greedy Greek in Friern Barnet application for alcohol licence

Concerns about crime and anti-social behaviour have been raised after a Friern Barnet restaurant applied for a drinks licence.

The Greedy Greek, in Friern Barnet Road, wants permission from Barnet Council to sell alcohol in its 50-seater restaurant between 1pm and 11pm Monday to Saturday, and until 10pm on Sunday.

The owner insists the premises will only be used as a family restaurant, but police and local councillors have objected to the plans.

Sergeant Mark Altman of Barnet Police said in his objections that “the restaurant has come to the attention of police on numerous occasions relating to the use and supply of drugs and illegal gambling activity”.

Local councillor Kate Salinger said the area was already a “crime hot spot” and said she believed the licence would not assist an ongoing police operation to make the area safer.

Fellow councillors Pauline Coakley-Webb and Barry Rawlings wrote to the licensing committee telling them they had received several complaints of anti-social behaviour in the area.

The council’s licensing committee will meet at 10.30am on Wednesday morning to assess the application.

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11:58am Mon 9 Dec 13

harvey_uk says...

Reporter fails to mention the old 'social' club is no longer there and now this new restaurant is opening. 3 doors down is Boulevard Indian Bar/Restaurant which already serves alcohol till late so not sure why the Greedy Greek is being scrutinised so much!
Reporter fails to mention the old 'social' club is no longer there and now this new restaurant is opening. 3 doors down is Boulevard Indian Bar/Restaurant which already serves alcohol till late so not sure why the Greedy Greek is being scrutinised so much! harvey_uk

12:29pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Not that Dave, another one. says...

A good point, Harvey. If this is a new tenant with a new restaurant, why should they be penalised for what happened previously at or near the address? And how can the landlord ever find a paying tenant if the property is forever tarnished with a bad reputation?
A good point, Harvey. If this is a new tenant with a new restaurant, why should they be penalised for what happened previously at or near the address? And how can the landlord ever find a paying tenant if the property is forever tarnished with a bad reputation? Not that Dave, another one.

4:24pm Mon 9 Dec 13

OhWiseOne says...

Could simply be the case that its the same people are in charge of this 'new' restaurant hence why its being opposed..
Could simply be the case that its the same people are in charge of this 'new' restaurant hence why its being opposed.. OhWiseOne

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