The owners of the Trolley Stop pub on Stamford Road have applied to convert the pub into two residential flats. If the application is approved, the change will mark a significant step forward in the campaign by local residents and De Beauvoir's councillors to ensure the area is not adversely impacted by Dalston's night time economy.
In January 2011 the owners of the Trolley Stop were granted a licence to open it until 1am. Their barrister successfully persuaded Hackney's Licencing Committee that the pub formed part of Dalston's night time economy, despite numerous objections from local residents.
The De Beauvoir Councillors strongly supported the residents in their complaints. It is clear that the Trolley Stop is in Stamford Road, which is in a residential street. Therefore it should be treated as a neighbourhood pub rather than as part of Dalston's nightlife.
We have worked alongside residents to prevent late night opening from occurring, including applying pressure to the owners, and exploring the opportunity of an appeal against the licence.
It now appears that the owners have accepted the arguements of residents that they will be significantly impacted by a late night venue opening in their street. We welcome this change of heart, have written to support it, and look forward to their application being approved.
You can see the application here. Comments are open until May 18th and the application is likely to go to the July meeting of the Council's Planning Committee.
Please do get in touch if you have any comments or questions.