Cafe owner: I don’t want to up­set res­i­dents

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Student Life - BY JAMIE LOPEZ jamie.lopez@reach­plc.com @jamie_lopez1

THE owner of a Par­bold cafe has re­sponded af­ter res­i­dents of nearby re­tire­ment homes ob­jected to an al­co­hol li­cence ap­pli­ca­tion.

West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil will de­cide to­day whether to grant a li­cence to the Lou Ren Cafe to start serv­ing al­co­hol.

The ap­pli­ca­tion alarmed peo­ple in sup­ported ac­com­mo­da­tion at the neigh­bour­ing Bea­con Cross­ing de­vel­op­ment as it would en­able drinks to be sold un­til 11pm nightly.

Res­i­dents at the homes, which are a mix­ture of flats and bun­ga­lows, sent 17 ob­jec­tions, rais­ing con­cerns over noise and the pres­ence of drunken peo­ple.

But the cafe’s owner, Geral­dine Unsworth, said that she had no in­ten­tion of up­set­ting neigh­bours or caus­ing any nui­sance.

She took over the cafe in May and said she did not wish to change the busi­ness to more of a pub style, but sim­ply al­low ex­ist­ing cus­tomers to en­joy al­co­holic drinks with their food.

While the busi­ness would stay open later than usual a cou­ple of nights a week, there was no in­ten­tion of open­ing late at night seven days a week.

She said: “It’s a cafe we’re run­ning pri­mar­ily, that’s not go­ing to change. We just want to give peo­ple the chance to have a drink with their food.

“We’re a small fam­ily busi­ness, it’s just my­self and my daugh­ter and I’ve no in­ten­tion of work­ing late nights ev­ery day.

“Part of the rea­son I bought this busi­ness was to try and win back some of that work/life bal­ance.”

She added: “When­ever I’ve spo­ken to the res­i­dents when they come in and I’ve ex­plained what we’re do­ing, they’ve felt bet­ter about it.

“When I talk to them when they come into the shop, their con­cerns are more that they thought they would be liv­ing next to a pub.

“I’ve got an elderly mother and I do un­der­stand their wor­ries. I’m very happy to dis­cuss it and I’m happy to find a so­lu­tion on Thurs­day that suits every­one.”

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