Council Meeting – Shisha Lounges

When: Thursday 20th March 2014, 18:00
Where: Stanhope Hall Community Centre, Emily Street, Highgate, B12 0XG

The next Nechells Ward Meeting will take place at 6pm on Thursday at Stanhope Hall Community Centre.

Digbeth Residents Association are encouraging all residents and businesses who care about Digbeth to attend this meeting, as shisha lounges will be discussed. As many of our readers are aware, the Christmas Day 2013 fire at the Diamond Shisha Lounge on Digbeth High Street was most recent and fourth shisha-related fire to occur in Digbeth.

Thankfully, no one was seriously injured in the fire, but DRA believe that it is just a matter of time until lives are prematurely claimed due to the safety concerns surrounding shisha lounges.

On a related matter, the shisha lounge opposite the White Swan on Bradford Street has applied to extend its opening hours to 3am. For more information, please visit the Birmingham City Council Licensing website and search for “Laylas Lounge” under premises. If you would like to object, please email licensing@birmingham.gov.uk with your contact details and objection today as the deadline for objections is 18th March 2014.

Additionally, an application to open yet another shisha lounge on Gooch Street has been submitted. Please click here to visit the planning website and register your objection; it takes just a couple of minutes and we’ve provided an example statement below:

  1. Please click this link, then click on the “Add Comments Here” link
  2. Enter your details, which will remain private and confidential and are used to prevent ‘spam’ objections being made
  3. Use the following text to register your objection: “From experience, shisha lounges cause anti-social behaviour such as noise pollution, ‘boy racers’, and public disorder. These are not desirable by-products of a new local business. In addition, four separate incidents of serious fires at shisha lounges in Digbeth raises alarm bells for public safety. I must therefore strongly urge Birmingham City Council to reject this application, and any subsequent applications, to open more shisha lounges in Birmingham.”

Please find documents for Thurday’s meeting below; if you are unable to attend but would like a question or point to be raised during the meeting, please email contact@mydigbeth.co.uk with details as soon as possible.

Pamela Pinski

Digbeth and Proud

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