Monday, April 8, 2024

News: Beer today, gone tomorrow?


A political row is brewing over why proposed new micropubs have not yet been allowed to open in Rotherham, despite strong support from their local communities.

Rothbiz reported last month on plans by the operators of the Roadhouse to take on a former opticians on Laughton Road in Dinnington where an alcohol licence has already been secured.

A decision is yet to be made by Rotherham Council on the change of use application but local ale fans are fearful of plans falling flat. Around 250 representations have already been received, so many that the local planning department have been unable to publish them all online.

The council's environmental health team has already requested that, if plans are approved, then a condition is attached which would mean that the rear yard would not be able to form part of the establishment, as is proposed.

The closest dwelling is located four metres away to the rear of the premises, boundary to boundary, and environmental health officers state that a suggested condition would read: "The proposed use as a drinking establishment shall only take place indoors. No seats or tables shall be placed outdoors."

A similar story has been encountered in Kiveton, where a planning application has been submitted for a change of use at a vacant cafe that would enable it to be used as a drinking establishment.

Having already secured an alcohol licence, the Kiveton Tap on Wales Road is currently operating as a bottle shop until a decision is made on the plans.

Again, the council's environmental health team has raised concerns over the "potential for nuisance to neighbouring residential premises from the proposed use as a result of noise from raised voices from patrons, background music and fixed plant" and are recommending that conditions be attached to any approval regarding a scheme for sound insulation.

Again the use would be restricted to indoor only given that "noise from vocals is extremely difficult to control especially in drinking establishments where alcohol is served until late evening."

Alexander Stafford, MP for Rother Valley, said: "Dinnington and Kiveton Park, like so many of the towns and villages of Rother Valley, need high quality hospitality and retails [sic] venues to want to invest. The decision made – with complete lack of transparency, scrutiny and democratic accountability – is unacceptable."

In the north of the borough, Beer Haus has recently opened in Wath town centre. Taking over the former Pastures Moo premises, the cafe bar stocks a wide range including imported German lagers, Yorkshire craft beers and exotic international flavours.

The family establishment, which opened in February, also benefits from an ever changing food offer thanks to a number of street food stalls pitching up in the adjacent yard, including Mac In A Box, St Marcino Pizzeria and J's Fried Chicken.

Roadhouse website
Kiveton Tap website
Beer Haus website

Images: Kiveton Tap / Facebook


Anonymous,  April 8, 2024 at 11:48 AM  

Stafford the Tory MP talking nonsense again.
It's this government that makes the planing laws,not the council.
But anything to get votes hey Stafford.

Anonymous,  April 8, 2024 at 12:11 PM  

If it was a new warehouse RMBC would've signed it off in a heart beat!

Anonymous,  April 8, 2024 at 3:32 PM  

Stafford really is clutching at straws here, pathetic

Anonymous,  April 8, 2024 at 4:55 PM  

Last act of a sad and demoralised individual. Good riddance to bad rubbish before the year is out.

Anonymous,  April 8, 2024 at 8:28 PM  

A new fried chicken shack opening is hailed as a success by RMBC

Anonymous,  April 8, 2024 at 10:26 PM  

Absolute disaster that bloke

Anonymous,  April 9, 2024 at 8:48 AM  

I think Alexander Stafford has been a breathe of fresh air and it's good to see a local MP campaigning on local issues for once. If clutching at straws really is highlighting an issue that's costing two businesses their livelihoods, then I'd like to see our MPs (and councillors for that matter) do a lot more of this.

The only reason why I can see that something like these two would be refused is because they planners are perhaps thinking (and trying to deploy) the rules they are using to deter new licensed premises in Wickersley to other areas in the borough.

Personally I just don't understand some of the frankly bizarre decisions made by the planning officers and why they consistently seem to get away with it. That department needs a radical overhaul and the sooner, the better.

Anonymous,  April 9, 2024 at 10:53 AM  

Is he though?What have labour MPs done for constituency previously??NOT A LOT! He'd be getting my vote again

Anonymous,  April 9, 2024 at 10:56 AM  

Oooh they'll not like you saying that,we know we've got a large part of community who would frankly vote for a turnip if it had a red rosette,only got to look at some of the other vegetables in Starmas greengrocers 🤣🤣🤣

Anonymous,  April 9, 2024 at 1:47 PM  

I will never forgive Labour for the way the CSE scandal was covered up. The cycle lanes just add insult to injury. And then there's all the trouble over planning, time and time again.

It all adds up to show that the lessons haven't been learned and the day when they are finally voted out can't come soon enough for me.

Anonymous,  April 9, 2024 at 4:04 PM  

Thanks for the smiley faces. They presumably indicate that you are attempting to be droll.

Rothguy April 10, 2024 at 11:53 AM  

Exactly the previous mp for rother valley was useless as well.

Anonymous,  April 10, 2024 at 2:02 PM  

The UK is now a third rate country.
It's NHS, roads, rail network, water supplies, social care, mental health services, housing, defence systems, child protection provision and legal system are either on their knees or in terminal decline.
Labour has not been in power for 14 years yet some clowns on here continue to support a corrupt and incompetent government. Not a brainncell between you!

Anonymous,  April 11, 2024 at 4:48 PM  

No doubt the same clowns who voted Brexit and made everyone including themselves worse off and derived no benefits whatsoever.

Anonymous,  April 12, 2024 at 6:39 AM  

No doubt the merits or otherwise of Brixit are keenly discussed by the County Debating Society

Anonymous,  April 12, 2024 at 8:00 AM  

But don't forget that we have taken back our borders and can now deliver on Rishi's promise to stop the boats - oops!

Anonymous,  April 12, 2024 at 8:10 AM  

All you middle class, pinko, commie, bleeding heart Starmer supporters should be ashamed of poking fun at our wonderful government. You just don't appreciate what a fantastic job they have done in the last 12 years for the NHS, immigration control, our roads, our economy, Covid, the Post Office, unemployment, housing, schools, defence, coastal pollution, care homes and mental health, just to mention a few of their magnificent achievements.
And don't forget that we are only just behind Botswana, Biafra and the Gaza Strip in terms of our standard of living.
What an ungrateful lot you are.

Anonymous,  April 12, 2024 at 9:19 AM  

Yes, two blokes in the bar came to blows about it last week. No hang on, that was about a dropped tab end.

Anonymous,  April 12, 2024 at 4:28 PM  

Family reunions are popular in the County. They're seen as a chance to meet a new girlfriend.

Anonymous,  April 13, 2024 at 8:49 AM  

The snooty middle class cretins are out in force again I see.

Anonymous,  April 13, 2024 at 4:00 PM  

I agree with you completely and if it is your choice to drink in the County you have every right to do so without being criticised by those who have made better life choices. As long as you keep the penicillin tablets and wearing your stab proof vest good luck to you.

Anonymous,  April 13, 2024 at 4:37 PM  

There is a bloke in the County who is his own cousin.

Anonymous,  April 13, 2024 at 8:04 PM  

I’ve never set foot in The County actually, but who am I, and who are you, to judge those who do?

Anonymous,  April 14, 2024 at 11:54 PM  

Sorry, I don't know who you are.

Anonymous,  April 15, 2024 at 6:17 AM  

Very Biblical that.

Anonymous,  April 15, 2024 at 1:56 PM  

I don't know who I am either. But then I drink in the County

Anonymous,  April 15, 2024 at 5:44 PM  

If I had a pound for everytime the County is bad mouthed on here I'd have enough to buy the County....£93.

Anonymous,  April 16, 2024 at 3:12 PM  

What would you do with the change?

Anonymous,  April 18, 2024 at 10:47 AM  

Drinks all round for everyone with a tooth.

Anonymous,  April 18, 2024 at 8:04 PM  

Now who's badmouthing?

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