Com­mu­nity up in arms over off-li­cence plan

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR PICTURES -

A COM­MU­NITY is ral­ly­ing against plans for a new off-li­cence.

Manju Mathew has ap­plied to Cheshire East Coun­cil for a li­cence to sell al­co­hol at a shop on the cor­ner of Low­er­field Road and Queens Av­enue in Hurds­field.

He wants to con­vert a for­mer hair­dressers into a shop which has a li­cence to sell booze from Mon­day to Sun­day from 7.30am to 11pm.

The coun­cil is now con­sult­ing on the ap­pli­ca­tion.

How­ever, res­i­dents, backed by Hurds­field coun­cil­lor Steve Carter, have launched a pe­ti­tion against the scheme.

It has al­ready col­lected 200 sig­na­to­ries.

Grand­mother of two Jane Eard­ley, 48, of Queen’s Av­enue, is spear­head­ing the cam­paign.

She said: “The com­mu­nity does not need another off-li­cence. This area of Queen’s Av­enue has al­ways been quite and nice to fam­i­lies. Our kids can safely play in the street. We don’t ob­ject to a new business which op­er­ates in work­ing hours, but by open­ing late, we fear it could at­tract groups of teenagers to the area to hang around. We al­ready have two shops in close prox­im­ity sell­ing al­co­hol. Th­ese are about 300 me­tres east and west of the pro­posed site,

“We have great support from Coun­cil­lor Steve Carter who has been out with us col­lect­ing sig­na­tures for the pe­ti­tion

The ap­pli­ca­tion will be con­sid­ered by the li­cens­ing com­mit­tee of Cheshire East Coun­cil after the con­sul­ta­tion has ended in Jan­uary.

The Ex­press was un­able to con­tact the ap­pli­cant for a com­ment.

Any per­son wish­ing to make rep­re­sen­ta­tion in relation to the ap­pli­ca­tion can do so in writ­ing to: Li­cens­ing Sec­tion, Cheshire East Coun­cil, Mu­nic­i­pal Build­ings, Earle Street, Crewe, CW1 2BJ.

●● Coun David Brown presents the cheque to man­ager Gill Basset and house­keeper Sue Hamp­son, pic­tured along with some of the res­i­dents

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