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