A SHOP’S bid to extend its licensing hours is facing opposition after illegal cigarettes and alcohol were found during a raid on the premises.
Yalda Shop, in Uxbridge Street, Burton, is seeking to extend its opening hours, and therefore the time it can serve alcohol, by an hour to a midnight closing time.
However, the police and trading standards have issued objections to the application over fears it would undermine licensing objectives.
Fiona Chapman, from Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards team, revealed in a letter to East Staffordshire Borough Council’s licensing team, the details of operations carried out at the premises this year.
She said: “On February 22 an entry warrant was executed at Yalda Shop by HMRC where 280 assorted illicit cigarettes were seized along with 11.5 litres of counterfeit/illicit alcohol.
“On April 6, during an advice visit, five 70cl of Red Star Vodka was seized.
“This product is an illicit product that has been found to contain t-butanol, which has been declared by the public analyst as being so contaminated that it is unfit for human consumption.”
Ms Chapman said these activities have led to trading standards seeking a review of the premise licence.
She added: “Trading standards believe that the granting of the current variation application to increase the hours to sell alcohol by an hour would undermine the licensing objectives – namely the prevention of crime and disorder.”
Staffordshire Police’s licensing department has also issued objections to the borough council.
Licensing officer Jennifer Mellor said: “I wish to make representationis and formally object to this application on the grounds of prevention of crime and disorder, public safety and protection of children from harm.”
Ms Mellor said that the police will be able to provide details of multiple breaches of the premise licence at the application hearing.
That hearing of the borough council’s licensing committee takes place at 10am on Thursday, September 5 at Burton Town Hall.