Law should clamp down on sales of booze at all hours

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your View -

I WAS shocked to learn that Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil li­cens­ing sec­tion is con­sid­er­ing grant­ing yet an­other late night drinks li­cence to al­low al­co­hol to be sold from 6am to 4am, seven days a week, at the Se­lect and Save shop in Scal­ford Drive, Wel­land.

This at a time when doc­tors are shout­ing out for reg­u­la­tions to stop the re­lent­less abuse of al­co­hol which is tak­ing place in this coun­try – as can be seen on our streets – which is ru­in­ing so many peo­ple’s lives and de­stroy­ing fam­i­lies – at great cost to our Na­tional Health Ser­vice.

All over the city empty beer cans can be seen lit­ter­ing the pave­ments, and daily groups of drink-ad­dled drinkers slump in shop door­ways or on the steps of houses and out­side the Jobcen­tre.

Tank­ing them­selves up, uri­nat­ing in shop door­ways and gar­dens, dis­si­pat­ing on the ready sup­ply of al­co­hol from late night corner shops and newsagents who have been granted late li­cences.

The res­i­dents of Wel­land have ev­ery right to be an­gry and concerned about “noise, trou­ble and lit­ter” which no doubt they are al­ready ex­pe­ri­enc­ing.

It is ob­vi­ous the rea­son why we pre­vi­ously had strict li­cens­ing laws for open­ing in the coun­try. In view of the dam­age al­co­hol is now caus­ing, surely these laws should be brought back by the new govern­ment to con­trol this al­co­hol abuse.

M A RANDALL Ma­hon House Street

Peter­bor­ough EDI­TOR’S NOTE: For the lat­est on the li­cence bid see page20

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