Bicis y Mas cafe in Walmgate wins licence battle

Bicis y Mas on Walmgate

Bicis y Mas on Walmgate

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A NEW bicycle cafe is set to open in York after its proprietor won a licensing battle at the city council.

Ellis Thackray faced a licensing panel hearing at the City of York Council yesterday in his bid to open Bicis y Mas on Walmgate, in premises that formerly house G A White's furniture store.

Four neighbours attended the hearing, and another two wrote to the board before the meeting, to set out their objections to the cafe plans.

The residents who live in flats around the site and many of whom back on to or overlook the cafe's terrace, and many were concerned noise from cafe customers would disturb their peaceful homes.

Neighbour Ray Price said: "This is a residential area and the property is overlooked by a number of places in St Denys Court, and is very close to a number of back gardens."

He went on the say the application would add another licensed premises to the already busy street, which has recently seen licences granted to The Hop and Fossgate Social further up the road.

His neighbour Chris Walker added: "I have a young family and I am very concerned about noise. But I think it is possible to open this shop and cafe with sensible conditions on the licence."

But owner Ellis Thackray, who said he has previously run successful businesses and cycled competitively, said he did not intend to use the outdoor terrace after 6pm, and would not be encouraging smokers to congregate outside his cafe.

His solicitor Tim Shield confirmed the license application did not include the terrace, meaning alcohol could not be taken outside, and earlier applications to allow live and recorded music at the cafe had been withdrawn.

The three councillors on the panel eventually put aside the neighbours' concerns and granted the licence, with conditions that no alcoholic drinks are taken outside and a minimum number of tables and chairs are maintained inside.

Mr Thackray said they now hope to open the bike shop, repair workshop and cafe on August 20, selling European style city bikes.

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12:51pm Tue 12 Aug 14

malonemalone says...

residents shouldn't worry as it will not last any length of time.
residents shouldn't worry as it will not last any length of time. malonemalone
  • Score: -26

2:28pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Dr Brian says...

Good Luck hope it does well (why do some people like the one posting the previous comment, take such negative attitudes when somebody tries to set up a business in York?)
Good Luck hope it does well (why do some people like the one posting the previous comment, take such negative attitudes when somebody tries to set up a business in York?) Dr Brian
  • Score: 31

2:41pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

Yeah, all that revving of, er, bicycle chains and tinkling of bells. Walmgate is in desperate need of a bit more life added to it, so good luck to them!
Yeah, all that revving of, er, bicycle chains and tinkling of bells. Walmgate is in desperate need of a bit more life added to it, so good luck to them! Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 26

4:25pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Hunter1973 says...

"He went on the say the application would add another licensed premises to the already busy street" I'm going to hazard a guess here. But I think Walmgate has been a busy street long before you moved in.
"He went on the say the application would add another licensed premises to the already busy street" I'm going to hazard a guess here. But I think Walmgate has been a busy street long before you moved in. Hunter1973
  • Score: 14

4:29pm Tue 12 Aug 14

malonemalone says...

Dr Brian wrote:
Good Luck hope it does well (why do some people like the one posting the previous comment, take such negative attitudes when somebody tries to set up a business in York?)
not negative really was just stating something pretty obvious i thought.....i could be wrong of course
[quote][p][bold]Dr Brian[/bold] wrote: Good Luck hope it does well (why do some people like the one posting the previous comment, take such negative attitudes when somebody tries to set up a business in York?)[/p][/quote]not negative really was just stating something pretty obvious i thought.....i could be wrong of course malonemalone
  • Score: -12

4:30pm Tue 12 Aug 14

malonemalone says...

malonemalone wrote:
Dr Brian wrote:
Good Luck hope it does well (why do some people like the one posting the previous comment, take such negative attitudes when somebody tries to set up a business in York?)
not negative really was just stating something pretty obvious i thought.....i could be wrong of course
success for anything like this relies on the support of your neighbours and locals and this has not got this............the opposite
[quote][p][bold]malonemalone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dr Brian[/bold] wrote: Good Luck hope it does well (why do some people like the one posting the previous comment, take such negative attitudes when somebody tries to set up a business in York?)[/p][/quote]not negative really was just stating something pretty obvious i thought.....i could be wrong of course[/p][/quote]success for anything like this relies on the support of your neighbours and locals and this has not got this............the opposite malonemalone
  • Score: -13

6:57pm Tue 12 Aug 14

york_chap says...

"owner Ellis Thackray, who said he has previously run successful businesses and cycled competitively..."

What on earth does the fact he used to ride bicycles quickly have to do with the licencing issue or the concerns of local residents?

As for the business, if there's parking on-site I'll definitely give the place a try.
"owner Ellis Thackray, who said he has previously run successful businesses and cycled competitively..." What on earth does the fact he used to ride bicycles quickly have to do with the licencing issue or the concerns of local residents? As for the business, if there's parking on-site I'll definitely give the place a try. york_chap
  • Score: 2

9:55pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Pinza-C55 says...

It's a desperately predictable use for the shop but I suppose better than it staying empty.
It's a desperately predictable use for the shop but I suppose better than it staying empty. Pinza-C55
  • Score: 3

10:13pm Tue 12 Aug 14

pedalling paul says...

T'would be helpful if these bike cafes that are springing up, could offer secure short term cycle parking on their premises.
T'would be helpful if these bike cafes that are springing up, could offer secure short term cycle parking on their premises. pedalling paul
  • Score: 10

12:45am Wed 13 Aug 14

marvell says...

Aren't we getting towards saturation point with bike retail and repair shops in York. I can think of 12 without much trouble and I've probably missed a few.
Aren't we getting towards saturation point with bike retail and repair shops in York. I can think of 12 without much trouble and I've probably missed a few. marvell
  • Score: 3

1:35pm Wed 13 Aug 14

York Castle says...

pedalling paul wrote:
T'would be helpful if these bike cafes that are springing up, could offer secure short term cycle parking on their premises.
How much would you be prepared to pay for this service? Either per hour, per day or per week?
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: T'would be helpful if these bike cafes that are springing up, could offer secure short term cycle parking on their premises.[/p][/quote]How much would you be prepared to pay for this service? Either per hour, per day or per week? York Castle
  • Score: 3

7:46pm Wed 13 Aug 14

nearlyman says...

Welcome to walmgates latest wine bar when the mechanical side of the business underperforms...
Welcome to walmgates latest wine bar when the mechanical side of the business underperforms... nearlyman
  • Score: -1

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