Moxy Hotel in Docklands gets licence despite objections

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UK: The Moxy Hotel Excel in London’s Docklands, has received its premises license despite objections from Trading Standards, Newham Council and the Metropolitan Police.

UK: The Moxy Hotel Excel in London's Docklands, has received its premises license despite objections from Trading Standards, Newham Council and the Metropolitan Police.

The property, currently under construction, was forced to include additional conditions.

At a licensing sub-committee meeting, councillors heard representations from Ian McConnell, the council's senior anti-social behaviour and nuisance investigator, Khalid Pervaiz of Trading Standards, and Conal Stoat from the Met's licensing unit.

Stoat confirmed the Met had no objections after the hotel proposed additional conditions following police disappointment over its initially "vague" plans to prevent crime, disorder, public nuisance and harm to children.

Chair of the meeting, Cllr Ian Corbett, raised concerns over how the hotel could monitor and enforce the law over the sale of alcohol via room service to make sure it wasn't being passed on to minors. A condition to check the age of anyone buying alcohol via room service was subsequently dropped after it became clear it would be hard to enforce and wasn't enforced at other licensed hotels.

On behalf of the Moxy Hotel, Tim Shield of licensing legal firm John Gaunt and Partners explained how his firm's ability to submit successful applications was dependent on meeting the expectations of licensing authorities which vary up and down the country.

After the company clarified conditions, including a promise to install CCTV "acceptable to the police" and train staff in the laws surrounding the sale of alcohol, the sub-committee decided to grant Moxy Hotel's application.

The hotel's general manager Charlotte O'Connell said: "It's a nerve-racking situation to be involved in, but I'm very pleased we can now move forward and resolve the concerns to the satisfaction of everybody on the committee."

The 148-room hotel, which is in Dockside Road, is due to open on March 1.

www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/travel/lonor-moxy-london-excel/

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