Youth fears for booze bid

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By MATTHEW REVILLE

FEARS have been raised that young­sters could be put in dan­ger if a shop is given per­mis­sion to sell booze un­til 4am.

Se­lect and Save, in Scal­ford Drive, Wel­land, has ap­plied to Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil to ex­tend its open­ing hours so that it is open from 6am to 4am. Its cur­rent hours are 6am to 10pm.

The pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod for the ap­pli­ca­tion ended on Wed­nes­day with the coun­cil re­ceiv­ing a to­tal of five ob­jec­tions.

These were from ward coun­cil­lors Adrian Min­ers, Chris Ash and Bella Salt­marsh, Cam­bridgeshire Po­lice’s com­mu­nity safety and li­cens­ing team leader Deb­bie Samp­son and Wel­land Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion.

Cllr Min­ers said he ob­jected be­cause the changes could put young­sters at nearby Wel­land Pri­mary School and Sures­tart Acorn Cen­tre “in dan­ger of in­jury when play­ing”.

He said: “We have a so­cial duty to safe­guard chil­dren and we should be en­cour­ag­ing less al­co­hol con­sump­tion and not more.

“Chil­dren will be more in dan­ger of in­jury when play­ing be­cause of all the ex­tra dis­carded bot­tles that will be strewn all over the place.

“I have lived in the area all my life and I am con­vinced such an ex­ten­sion will re­sult in more acts of nui­sance be­hav­iour.

“There can be only one de­ci­sion - re­fusal.”

One res­i­dent, who asked to re­main anony­mous, said: “The school and chil­dren’s cen­tre close at night, but vomit can al­ready be seen near the shop and drunken men can be seen in the day­time uri­nat­ing against the wall.

“Kids walk past drunks now and they should not be ex­posed to even more.”

Cllr Salt­marsh said she had ob­jected be­cause of the health and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour is­sues sur­round­ing al­co­hol abuse.

She added: “En­cour­ag­ing more al­co­hol con­sump­tion here is tan­ta­mount to help­ing peo­ple into an early grave.

“The ap­pli­cant ob­vi­ously has no sense of com­mu­nity re­spon­si­bil­ity. It will bring more drunks and we have enough al­ready in this so­cially de­prived area.”

The coun­cil does not know whether the pro­posal will be brought be­fore the li­cens­ing com­mit­tee yet.

A coun­cil spokes­woman said: “The rep­re­sen­ta­tions will now be ex­am­ined by the li­cens­ing team to es­tab­lish whether they are valid ob­jec­tions.”

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