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Caribbean restaurant alcohol plan in Birmingham opposed by school over ‘argument’ fears



A Birmingham restaurant’s bid for an alcohol licence has been opposed by a nearby school due to the potential impact on pupils. Family Vybz restaurant in Pershore Road, Stirchley, has applied for an alcohol licence to operate from 10am to 10pm daily while the restaurant’s opening hours would be the same. The restaurant serves Caribbean food with customers able to dine in or take away.

Someone who identifies themselves as a representative of a nearby school has objected to the application, and said children may witness “arguments” or “violence”. The restaurant is directly opposite Stirchley Primary School – although a school name is not given in a report to councillors ahead of a Birmingham City Council licensing sub-committee hearing on March 16.

Stating the objection is based around the protection of children from harm, the person said: “As representative of the school, after consultation with the head teacher we object to the application [from] Family Vybz […] to sell alcohol during the day due to its close proximity to the school and a route home for many children with the potential, like any premises selling alcohol, of arguments or worse violence in front of children leaving school at home time. We recommend reduced availability of alcohol outside the hours of school and our after-school club (6pm onwards). No objections at weekends.”

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The application made by Dion Jackson, owner of Family Vybz, describes the business as “a family-run Jamaican fast food establishment in a terraced shop comprising a small customer area accommodating six seated diners, kitchen food prep area and food smoking area”. In the application, they outlined what the business will do to promote the objective of protecting children from harm as laid out in the Licensing Act 2003.

They said: “All deliveries will be made using staff employed by the Family Vybz to ensure the Challenge 25 Policy is adhered to.” They added there would be a written refusals register on grounds of age or sobriety which would be made available to responsible authorities. There will also be staff training and a Challenge 25 policy, they said.

The licensing meeting will be held from 10am on March 16 and can be viewed via the city council’s committee meetings YouTube page.

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