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Plans to open a late night members club in Harrow given green light

Plans to open a late-night private members club in Alexandra Avenue, South Harrow have been given the green light this week.

However, Badshah Lounge has only been granted a licence to open until 1.30am during weekends at its Harrow premises, instead of 4am everyday that the owner, Kunjal Shaikh, was hoping for.

The premises will continue to run as an Indian restaurant before turning into a private members club later in the evening The new licence allows the club to play amplified music and sell alcohol from 10.30am until 11.30pm Sunday to Thursday and 1.30am on Friday’s and Saturday’s after it was approved by Harrow Council’s licensing panel.

The council’s licensing officer had originally called for the closing time to be reduced from 4am until 3.30am and limiting the use of the garden from 10.30pm, as well as requiring the applicant to provide membership rules, dispersal policy, and training material. Ms Shaikh agreed to comply with all of these amendments but this was reduced further.

The panel heard how Ms Shaikh owns two 24-hour licenced premises in Barnet and Ealing without issues and were assured that this one would ‘operate in a similar manner’. Trained security staff would be on-site during events, which would cater to no more than 60 customers at any one time.

A local business owner told the panel that if the licence was approved it would cause great disturbance in the area at a time when people are sleeping. He said: “There will be escalating crime rates and antisocial behaviours. There will also be vandalism and public disturbance.

Some residents living near the Alexander Avenue site had made formal objections to the licensing panel ahead of the meeting over fears the opening hours would “exacerbate the existing issues of antisocial behaviour and criminal activities”.

Nadarajah Ravinder said: “Our neighbourhood has experienced a decline in safety and security over the past months, with instances of burglary, vandalism, and public disturbances becoming more frequent. These crimes have created a sense of fear and unease among residents who are now concerned for their well-being and the welfare of their families.”

Ms Shaikh has said the premises will implement a number of measures to prevent crime and disorder and ensure public safety, including the installation of CCTV cameras, refusing to serve drunk people, and putting up a notice asking customers to leave quietly.

She said her business had been greatly impacted by the Covid pandemic and was looking to use the late opening times to bring in business from staff working in the area by providing a premises where they can socialise after their shift ends.

The panel subsequently granted the licence with 22 conditions attached. These included twice-yearly training for staff, not allowing customers to take alcohol off-site, a sound-limiting device installed on the music player, and no entry to people after midnight.