Thursday 22 January 2009 10.45pm
Six Wines Eight was a great business on Tower Bridge Road
. Sadly their lease was coming to an end so many of us tried to help them find new premises locally - with suggestions that they setup a shp and wine bar in the underground facilities "TO(i)LET" at the junction of Abbey Street
and Tower Bridge Road
or in the "Watch House" at the junction of Bermondsey Street
and Long Lane
. It seemed like a great way to pull people down Bermondsey Street
into the new Bermondsey Square
development and the next and exciting facilities there.
In the end the "Watch House" looked like the ideal solution and they submitted a planning application which was supported by local Councillors and by Southwark's Planning Policy department as being economically desirable for our community.
Sadly the local Church and Diocese objected, citing an otherwise forgotten condition from the 1950s which prohibited the sale of alcohol from those premises.
Local Chaucer and Grange LibDem councillors gave a lot of support and encouragement to Six Wines Eight and we continue to hope that they can find a new local site in our vibrant and growing community.
I hope that Hayden and the Six Wines Eight team can find another home in our local area since their presence added to the regeneration of lower tower bridge road
Cllr Tim McNally
LibDem Member for Chaucer Ward
Executive Member for Resources