Concern as ‘crime magnet’ Metropolitan Bar in Muswell Hill Broadway to reopen under new name

The Metropolitan Bar in Muswell Hill. Picture: Google

The Metropolitan Bar in Muswell Hill. Picture: Google - Credit: Archant

A group of Muswell Hill neighbours and councillors are concerned the re-opening of a “magnet for crime and anti-social behaviour” in the Broadway will fuel disorder in the area.

Haringey Council hopes new terms attached to the Metropolitan Bar’s licence meaning it can no longer operate as a nightclub will soothe relations between the business and those living nearby.

It is to re-open under a new name – The Star – after successfully appealing the loss of its licence, which had been reviewed on the request of police and revoked in September last year.

At the time, Pc Mark Greaves told the council the application was due to “the level of violence” outside the bar. But he also said earlier closing hours could be a solution.

The successful appeal means the bar’s licence is intact, albeit with new restrictions.

These mean the premises must not be used as a nightclub, alcohol can only be sold with a meal after 11pm, and sound from the premises is not to be heard from any of the nearby housing blocks.

A spokesperson for the Muswell Hill Residents Association said: “What concerns us is that the council have allowed this and not taken residents’ views into account.

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“We’re really concerned that this is going to put the area at risk again. The council haven’t listened to us again.” Lib Dem councillor Sakina Chenot told the Ham&High: “Liberal Democrat councillors for both Fortis Green and Muswell Hill have long believed that something needs to be done about the Metropolitan Bar.

“It’s become a magnet for crime and anti-social behaviour. When the licensing committee reviewed the club’s licence, former Cllr Martin Newton made representations that what the club’s neighbours were having to put up with was wholly unacceptable, adding afterwards: “It is a real blow to local residents that the revocation of the licence has not been upheld.”

The review came after crime spiked in the Broadway. Several assaults either took place inside the Metropolitan or involved people who were just leaving, while the club’s owner and manager Panikos Ioannou was once attacked himself.

A Haringey spokesperson said the council chose not to challenge the appeal on the advice of its lawyers that “mediation and alteration of terms of licence would be the best course of action”.

Mr Ioannou has not responded to requests for comment made by this newspaper both by phone and e-mail.