Off- li­cence is given green light de­spite 200-name peiti­tion

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

A COUN­CIL­LOR has slammed a de­ci­sion to al­low a new off-li­cence to open.

Manju Mathew has been given per­mis­sion to sell al­co­hol at a shop on the cor­ner of Low­er­field Road and Queen’s Av­enue in Hurds­field.

He plans to con­vert a for­mer hair­dressers into a shop which has a li­cence to sell booze seven days a week.

The ap­pli­ca­tion was de­bated by Cheshire East Coun­cil’s Li­cens­ing Com­mit­tee.

And de­spite a 200-sig­na­ture pe­ti­tion against the pro­pos­als, the com­mit­tee gave it the green light, al­beit with slightly shorter open­ing hours.

Re­act­ing to the de­ci­sion, Coun Steve Carter, who rep­re­sents Hurds­field ward, said: “I spoke, along with a num­ber of oth­ers at this meet­ing.

The com­mit­tee also had nu­mer­ous let­ters of protest and a pe­ti­tion with over 200 signatures against the ap­pli­ca­tion.

“I am sorry to say the li­cence was granted against the wishes of the ma­jor­ity of Hurds­field peo­ple.

“I am deeply un­happy and an­gry about this be­cause we made a re­ally good case but this was ig­nored.”

Op­posers to the shop feared that it would at­tract groups of teenagers to the area, which al­ready has two off-li­cences within 300 me­tres. How­ever, the re­quested li­cenc­ing hours were amended, short­en­ing the pro­posed open­ing hours by half an hour to 7.30am-10.30pm.

The li­censee was also or­dered to in­stall a com­pre­hen­sive CCTV sys­tem in agree­ment with the po­lice and for staff to used the Chal­lenge 25 re­tail­ing strat­egy that en­cour­ages any­one who is over 18 but looks un­der 25 to pro­vide ac­cept­able ID.

The Ex­press was un­able to con­tact Mr Mathew for com­ment.

● The lo­ca­tion of the prospec­tive off-li­cence on ueen’s Av­enue, Hurds­field

●● Cliffe Thomas is re­build­ing his strength thanks to a fit­ness in­struc­tor

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