Store asks for 4am booze sales li­cence

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By STEPHEN BRIGGS

NEWS

PLANS by a city shop to sell al­co­hol un­til 4am have been met with anger by res­i­dents liv­ing nearby.

The Se­lect and Save shop, in Scal­ford Drive, Wel­land, has ap­plied to Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil for a li­cence to sell al­co­hol from 6am un­til 4am, seven days a week.

Cur­rently, the shop – which is op­po­site Wel­land Pri­mary School – has a li­cence to sell al­co­hol un­til 10pm.

A de­ci­sion will be made on June 9 and if ap­proved the shop could start trad­ing with its new hours the fol­low­ing day.

How­ever, peo­ple liv­ing nearby are concerned about noise, trou­ble and lit­ter which could be cre­ated by the new hours.

Mother Ester Zaw­isza (29) said she was concerned that there would be more noise at night.

She said: “I don’t think it is a good idea. I have a young baby and the shout­ing and noise might wake her up. I some­times use the shop, but I don’t like the pro­posed new hours.”

An­other res­i­dent, Wendy Clark (47), added: “There is sup­posed to be a law against peo­ple drink­ing in the street but that still hap­pens and this will only make things worse.

“There is not a lot of trou­ble around here at the moment, but I am concerned it might start. We don’t want peo­ple fight­ing in the street.”

Teresa Pick­ett (43) added: “There is enough drink about as it is. There are prob­lems with rub­bish with cans and bot­tles be­ing left in the street as well.”

Her hus­band Christo­pher Pick­ett (50) added: “I don’t see why there would be a need for the ex­tra hours. There are enough places to get al­co­hol as it is.”

Councillor Chris Ash, ward councillor for Dogsthorpe, said: “I can’t see that hav­ing that sort of kind of thing would be good in a res­i­den­tial area. I will be putting in a for­mal com­ment to the coun­cil along those lines.

“It’s go­ing to cre­ate a lot of prob­lems in an area where a lot of peo­ple are liv­ing. It might be dif­fer­ent if it was in the city cen­tre.”

A Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil spokes­woman said there are 16 premises in the city li­censed to serve al­co­hol longer than the planned hours at the shop. Of those, six are pubs and clubs, in­clud­ing city cen­tre bar An­gels and The Cres­set the­atre at Bret­ton. The re­main­ing 10 in­clude su­per­mar­kets, large con­ve­nience stores and ho­tels.

Owner of Se­lect and Save, Naser Yousaf, said the hours would help him com­pete with other stores.

He said: “Keep­ing the shop trad­ing un­til 4am will en­sure we serve the needs of the com­mu­nity. I am also tak­ing this ac­tion be­cause of com­pe­ti­tion from nearby su­per­mar­kets.”

He said night staff would serve cus­tomers through a hatch to en­sure se­cu­rity.

Cam­bridgeshire po­lice com­mu­nity safety and li­cens­ing team leader Deb­bie Samp­son said po­lice are gath­er­ing in­for­ma­tion be­fore mak­ing a rep­re­sen­ta­tion to the city coun­cil on the ap­pli­ca­tion.

Any­one wish­ing to make rep­re­sen­ta­tions should do so in writ­ing to: Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil, Li­cens­ing Sec­tion, Bridge House, Town Bridge, Peter­bor­ough PE1 1HU.

Pic­ture: ALAN STORER

PLANS: The off-li­cence at Scal­ford drive, Wel­land, which wants to sell al­co­hol un­til 4am. (METP-29-05-10AS009).

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