Wolverhampton bistro granted new premises licence after mediation with residents

A bistro in a leafy suburb of Wolverhampton has been given permission for a new premises licence despite a number of initial concerns from neighbours.

A view of Upper Green in Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, looking towards the entrance to Al Sorriso bistro. Photo: Google
A view of Upper Green in Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, looking towards the entrance to Al Sorriso bistro. Photo: Google

At a meeting of the city council’s licensing sub-committee, residents living near Al Sorriso on Upper Green, Tettenhall, raised fears about the possibility of noise nuisance – as many were under the impression live music would be played at the restaurant.

However, owner Luciana Palmieri assured committee members and residents the venue would only be providing ambient, low-volume recorded music as background entertainment for a maximum of 24 diners at a time.

The licence was granted following mediation between all parties and subject to a number of conditions, including the proprietors confirming a new roof and soundproofing was being fitted at the venue.

Members earlier heard representations made on behalf of residents by Councillor Jonathan Crofts (Con. Tettenhall Wightwick), after early concerns were raised about potential noise nuisance, anti-social behaviour, parking problems and fire safety.

Ms Palmieri, already the owner of a larger establishment in Albrighton, told the committee recorded music would only be played as background entertainment and would not continue any later than 11pm on any day.

She said: “I do not allow drunk people into my restaurant and everything we do as a business is within the legal boundaries.

“We are very strict in ensuring we do not cause any disturbance to our neighbours.

“Also, we will not be using our outside area as fire safety is one of our utmost concerns.

“I am a professional person and everything I do is designed to improve this business for everyone without any problems for residents.”

Councillor Crofts said: “We are mindful of the balance that we have to strike between the needs of our residents and those of our business community.

“We must ensure our residents can peacefully enjoy their homes and environment, whilst also encouraging responsible and positive investment and economic growth.”

Licensing committee bosses agreed to approve the premises licence subject to the conditions agreed by all parties.

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