Community up in arms over off-licence plan
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