Off- li­cence bid thrown out af­ter more than 400 ob­ject

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Westminster Life -

Coun­cil­lors de­bated for an hour- and- a- half be­fore an­nounc­ing that the ap­pli­ca­tion had been re­jected out­right.

Cllr John Peach, com­mit­tee chair­man, said: “We be­lieve that grant­ing the li­cence would give rise to neg­a­tive im­pacts.”

The move had also been op­posed by lo­cal coun­cil­lors.

Speakingatthe­meet­ingCllr Mar­ion Todd ( East, Con), said: “This area has high den­sity un­em­ploy­ment and de­pri­va­tion and with that comes al­co­hol and drug abuse.

“I’m not say­ing that the shop will have any­thing to do with that but to meit will ex­ac­er­bate the prob­lem even more.

“There are six out­lets in Star Road al­ready, an­other one would be ridicu­lous.”

Cllr Na­bil Shab­bir ( East, Lab) added: “There are groups of youths gath­er­ing i n the streets at mid­night drink­ing.

“The bins are over- flow­ing and there are beer bot­tles strewn in the streets, some­thing has gone wrong here.

“I had­phonecallafter­phone call and email af­ter email, telling me not to sup­port this.”

Sur­veyor Lang­ford Smith, speak­ing on­be­half of the ap­pli­cant, Harkan Tas, said: “There werelots of ob­jec­tions fromthe pub­lic but tellingly the po­lice did not op­pose it.

“It seems it is now fash­ion­able to blameal­co­hol whenyou don’t like some­thing.”

Mr Tas was given 21 days to ap­peal the de­ci­sion.

The site of the pro­posed off- li­cence and gro­cery

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