Coun­cil­lor’s sec­ond bid for drink li­cence

Com­mu­nity coun­cil move against un­der-18s booz­ing

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Ross Thom­son

The sight of a teenage girl ly­ing drunk in the mid­dle of a Wishaw street prompted a bid to op­pose a lo­cal shop re­ceiv­ing a li­cence to sell booze.

An ap­pli­ca­tion to sell al­co­hol has been re-sub­mit­ted to the coun­cil by shop­keeper, and North La­nark­shire coun­cil­lor, Shahid Fa­rooq.

A sim­i­lar ap­pli­ca­tion, which was op­posed by Colt­ness Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, was thrown out last year.

Com­mu­nity coun­cil chair­man John Carr con­firmed the group would be op­pos­ing the pro­posal this time around and spoke out against un­der­age drink­ing in the area.

Speak­ing at the com­mu­nity coun­cil meet­ing ear­lier this month, Mr Carr said: “If you look at the east of Colt­ness we have five shops which sell drink so if we have an­other one that’s six in such a small area.

“We have a real prob­lem here with un­der-age drink­ing.

“I saw one girl around 14 years of age in Den­holm Drive with a bot­tle of vodka ly­ing on the road drunk.

“You see a group of youths down there drink­ing and they don’t even try to hide it now; it’s bla­tant. “We have plenty of shops there.” Fel­low com­mu­nity coun­cil­lor Tam Nailon also voiced con­cerns of hav­ing so many shops sell­ing al­co­hol in such a small area.

He added: “There is five shops in one area of Colt­ness that sell drink but only one the other side.

“If any­thing we should be try­ing to cut that num­ber down to two or three rather than hav­ing more.

“There is only one shop the other side of Colt­ness and they have hardly any bother.”

Speak­ing to the Wishaw Press this week, Coun­cil­lor Fa­rooq moved to re­as­sure res­i­dents that proper se­cu­rity steps would be taken if his store was granted a drinks li­cence.

He said: “I have al­ready spo­ken to mem­bers of the com­mu­nity coun­cil about this.

“We have CCTV out­side our store so if youths are con­gre­gat­ing out­side we will know and we could con­tact the po­lice ac­cord­ingly.

“Cur­rently in the shop we have a lot of trade in the morn­ing.

“But it is a lot qui­eter later on in the day.

“If we had a drinks li­cence it would mean our cus­tomers would be able to get all of their gro­ceries in our store.”

I saw one girl around 14 years of age with a bot­tle of vodka ly­ing on the road drunk . . .

Shop owner Coun­cil­lor Shahid Fa­rooq

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