Residents in Moseley, south Birmingham, fear that the passing of an application for a “melted cheeserie” in the area would be “potentially catastro
Residents in Moseley, south Birmingham, fear that the passing of an application for a “melted cheeserie” in the area would be “potentially catastrophic”. Among the concerns raised by locals is that noise produced by owls and “a rich variety of visiting birds” could be drowned out by crowds eating and drinking outdoors.
A licensing application has been submitted by Moseley Food and Drink Ltd along Billesley Lane.
Lisa Dingley, the company’s Director, said she has lived in the area “my whole life” and is going above and beyond to ensure the restaurant would not be disruptive.
Ms Dingley, quoted in Birmingham Live, insisted: “I can completely understand some of the concerns around bringing a licensed premises to the area which is why the self-imposed licence conditions go beyond what is legally required.
“I hope to bring together the wonderful and vibrant community in which we live through good food and great company and yes that means a bottle of wine too.”
Some locals remain unconvinced.
The restaurant has proposed for the sale of alcohol to run up to 7.30pm every day other than Sunday (and bank holidays), when it would run to 6.30pm.
Moseley councillors Martin Straker-Welds and Kerry Jenkins, quoted in Birmingham Live, said this was “not suitable”.
They expressed their concern that the application, if accepted, will “create a public nuisance and risk harm to children”.
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A supporter of the application was particularly dismissive of objections, jibing: “I feel as though the whole scenario wafts of middle-aged suburban closed mindedness…
“If the residents actually took the time to take to the owners, they would see that they are open to dialogue, take views and critique on board, are open, honest and nice, and would display their vision for the premises.”
Reports suggest the cheese restaurant has put forward more than 50 suggested conditions to attach to the licence in an attempt to appease locals.
A representative of Director Ms Dingley expressed his view that the matter had been blown out of proportion.
Mike Nixon said: “This is about someone being able to have a glass of wine or small beer with their meal. Haven’t we all done that at some point?
“Did we then urinate in the street, threaten children, smash bottles, drop litter or fight? Of course we didn’t.”
He added: “Lisa [Dingley] takes her responsibilities very seriously.”