Youth fears for booze bid
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.”