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Residents concern as restaurant seeks extended alcohol license in Brent

Women have reported feeling ‘intimidated’ walking past a North London restaurant as drunk men reportedly shout ‘sexually explicit’ remarks at them from the terrace.

The premises has applied to sell takeaway booze and extend its alcohol licence until 11pm on weekends but locals fear the changes will ‘amplify antisocial behaviour’.

Dollis Grill, a stone’s throw from Dollis Hill Underground Station on Hamilton Road, has applied to make changes to its current licence. The owners are looking to serve alcohol for an extra hour on Friday and Saturday evenings, as well as being able to sell ‘off-site’ drinks for takeaway.

A raft of residents, as well as two local councillors, have raised concerns about the impact this could have on the ‘serious problem’ the Dollis Hill area is having with street drinking – particularly around the station.

The restaurant has been described as ‘intimidating’ to walk past because women are reportedly being subjected to ‘sexually explicit remarks’ by inebriated men from the open terrace.

One resident, who submitted a statement to the council opposing the application, claimed her family life and mental health had been ‘severely impacted’ by the antisocial behaviour coming from Dollis Grill over the past two years.

She said: “My current partner will no longer visit me with her children at weekends due to the noise this venue produces late into the evening, and also by feeling unsafe with such a large number of inebriated people at and leaving this venue. […] Often arguing and sometimes fighting outside of my property. My two children and I now also feel unsafe and intimidated.”

Another added: “The frequent rowdiness from large parties in the open terrace often includes sexually explicit remarks made to women quietly walking past from the Tube to their nearby homes. The current licensees have made no visible attempt to limit this by excluding rowdy or aggressive guests.”

The restaurant, which serves Portuguese and Mediterranean food and received a five-star food hygiene rating in February, also plays music on the weekends. But residents have complained that it is played ‘at night club levels’, preventing them from enjoying spending time in their gardens, or their living rooms too on occasion.

Residents have made also allegations of moped drivers fighting in the street, broken glass bottles left on the pavements, punters urinating on residents’ homes, and drink driving. Due to the frequency and nature of the complaints, local councillors have also submitted statements to the licensing committee urging it to refuse the application.

Police have had to be called out to attend a significant number of incidents in and around the restaurant in the past, with one of the calls to the emergency services being made by a councillor for Willesden, Cllr Saqlain Choudry.

Cllr Choudry said: “The site has not done enough to prevent crime and disorder and during busy events, there have been significant incidents where police have been called out and other emergency vehicles. I have, myself, called 999 witnessing real-time drink driving stemming from the venue.”

He added: “The site has not done enough to prevent public nuisance. There have been incidents of people urinating outside people’s houses, overcrowding outside private property, excessive noise, drink driving, illegal parking, and fly-tipping. The lack of management presence and control has led to increased public nuisance deriving from this venue.”

Dollis Grill’s application will be heard by the council’s Alcohol and Licensing Sub-Committee later this month (April 15) when a decision on whether to grant the licence will be made. Dollis Grill could not be reached for comment.

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