Docklands bar in deep water after licence revoked

The Oiler bar in the Royal docks

The Oiler bar in the Royal docks - Credit: Archant

The future of a popular barge-based bar looks rocky as time runs out to reverse the withdrawal of its licence.

The Oiler bar in the Royal docks

The Oiler bar in the Royal docks - Credit: Archant

Just one week remains for The Oiler Bar to appeal the decision by Newham Council, made earlier this month after residents complained of shouting and loud music from the Docklands boozer.

Set up in 2013 by water sports company WakeUp Docklands, the floating bar in Royal Victoria Dock is still advertised as “a dockside drinking experience like no other” on its website.

But a staff member said the pub had been closed for up to a month even before the council decision.

“The Oiler Bar is a popular venue but they are not above the law,” commented chair of the licensing sub-committee, Councillor Ian Corbett.

“The bar’s management have been caught several times ignoring licensing restrictions and residents have also complained to the council about shouting and loud music coming from the bar disturbing them in their homes.

“The management have failed to take responsibility despite repeated warnings from the council, so the committee decided it was appropriate to revoke the premises licence.”

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The Recorder has repeatedly tried to get hold of the management but has so far been unable to reach them.

Further restrictions have also been imposed on Delta Wines in Romford Road, after underage sales and distribution of plastic cups to customers among other license breaches.

“By banning the sale of single cans or small spirit bottles, as well as super strength booze and restricting the availability of plastic cups we expect less evidence of this anti-social behaviour around the store,” Cllr Corbett explained.

Techincally, The Oiler Bar is still able to sell alchohol in the 21 day period of appeal, but the licence will be revoked a week today if no appeal is made.

“All premises have a duty of care for their customers and towards the residents nearby and licensing conditions are there to help with this,” concluded Cllr Corbett.

“However, the licensing sub-committee will not hesitate to take action against those that fail to act responsibly, as we have with these two venues.”

What do you think should happen to the Oiler Bar? Email phoebe.cooke@archant.co.uk with your views.

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