Friday, August 27, 2021

News: Shisha bar plan for Rotherham

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Plans are bubbling up for a new shisha bar at a vacant former bookmakers in Rotherham town centre.

Shisha is smoking a heated, specially prepared and flavoured tobacco through a pipe. It originates from the Middle East and certain areas of Asia, but is becoming more popular in the UK. It is also called hookah.

Applicant, Mrs Morsi Mohammed, has recently applied for a change of use that would allow the former 840 sq ft William Hill premises on Upper Millgate to be used as a coffee shop and shisha bar.

The law classes shisha smoking the same as cigarette smoking and so it is illegal to smoke shisha in an enclosed public space, or a space that's mostly-enclosed. Therefore the plans include a number of outside tables and barriers.

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The plans state: "In our experience, people smoking shisha enjoy the smoking and chatting with their friends. It is generally a quiet, pleasant experience.

"We are also requesting the use of the pavement in front of the premises to locate seven tables and 24 chairs for the customers to sit whilst consuming goods provided by the coffee shop and for the smoking of shisha.

"The environmental effect of smoking the shisha is mitigated by the fact that it is to be done outdoors and the atmosphere will take away the smoke and odours created by this."

If approved, the proposals would create five jobs.

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6 comments:

Graldhunter August 27, 2021 at 1:11 PM  

Oh absolutely brilliant, NOT! This latest gimmick unhealthy fad goes against NHS No Smoking campaigns, but RMBC will have given it the nod to appease "community tensions and relations", grrrrr ����������

Anonymous,  August 31, 2021 at 7:56 AM  

Where is the business sense? You can't smoke in an enclosed public space, so let's open a smoking bar? What if Rotherham did the same as Oxford and banned smoking in public space, then you wouldn't be able to smoke outside either.

Anonymous,  August 31, 2021 at 8:26 AM  

Totally agree with the above.

Ziggy,  August 31, 2021 at 11:35 AM  

Would passers by get a choice on wether to be passive smoking? The council must refuse this one surely or could open themselves up to litigation.

Anonymous,  August 31, 2021 at 2:45 PM  

They'll just do what most shisha bars do, allow smoking inside and hope the police and council leave them to it.

Anonymous,  August 31, 2021 at 5:04 PM  

Already doing it on shisha bar on wellgate,old amusement arcade.Certain people get away with whatever they want!

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