Merton Council, in partnership with the Metropolitan Police, has issued a prohibition notice and two planning enforcement notices to shut down a club at 33 Upper Green East, Mitcham.
Planning enforcement officers issued two notices to tenant Tony Christian and landlord Ronak Patel last month (20 May) for breaching planning control. This follows the change of use of part of the building from office accommodation to a nightclub which has meant unacceptable levels of noise and traffic for local residents. The second breach of planning control was to change the use of one part of the building from commercial to residential, making for unsatisfactory, sub-standard living accommodation. The council has ordered Christian and Patel to stop using the building for these purposes and to remove the relevant fixtures and fittings associated with the unauthorised use.
In the same week environmental health officers served the prohibition notice to shut down the club under the Health and Safety at Work Act because of the lack of fire escape and emergency lighting as well as insufficient signage. Christian and Patel will not now be able to invite members of the public into the premises. The council has demanded that they carry out a number of checks including a fire risk assessment, establish an emergency escape route with signage, install a fire alarm system and emergency lighting.
Merton Council cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration Councillor Andrew Judge said: “Our decisive action should serve as a warning to landlords and tenants alike that we will not tolerate people putting our residents at risk or breaching planning control. The safety of those who are visiting Merton or who live here is a top priority for us and we will take action against anyone responsible for a building or business which puts people at risk.”