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Police objection to 24-hour booze plan

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 05, 2013

05/02/13 24 Hours - Wellington St, Burton, Burton Burton News and Wine on Wellington St has put in an application to sell alcohol 24 hours a day

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POLICE and council pollution officers are to battle against plans to allow an off-licence to sell alcohol for 24 hours a day.

Khatija Bibi Waseem, of Burton News and Wine Ltd, in Wellington Street, Burton, which was formerly Wellington News and Wine, will find out whether his licence application has been successful tomorrow.

East Staffordshire Borough Council’s licensing sub committee will decide whether to allow a variation to his premises licence which will allow the shop to open and sell alcohol 24 hours a day.

The shop is currently allowed to sell alcohol, and open to the public from Monday to Saturday, from 5.30am to 11pm, and on Sundays from 8am to 8pm.

However, representations have been received from Staffordshire Police and the borough council’s pollution team on the grounds that the variation is likely to affect the crime and disorder and public nuisance.

In an objection letter from the police, the licensing department of Burton Police station, said: “Unfortunately Staffordshire police feel that the extension of any trading hours for this premises, in a residential area, would impinge on the crime and disorder associated with the area and increase antisocial behaviour and public nuisance in the locality.

“There are also concerns that dispersal from the location would have a serious adverse effect on public nuisance in the locality which is also already a great concern of residents.”

Martyn Manning, senior pollution officer at borough council, added: “I would like to object to the variation of the licence based on the potential for public nuisance from noise from members of the public using the premises in the early hours of the morning.

“The premises is located on a predominately residential terraced street and the potential additional noise from pedestrians and vehicles using the shop would have a detrimental effect on local residents.”

King Edward Place, which is sited opposite the shop, is subject to an Alcohol Designation Order which means the police can require a person not to drink alcohol and must surrender it if they are caught in the named public place. Failure to comply is an arrestable offence and may result in a fine, not exceeding £500.

The Mail was not able to contact the applicants at the time the paper went to press.

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  • Burton Mail  |  February 11 2013, 7:49PM

    I don't see what the problem is. If you look at http://www.24houralcohol.co.uk you will see there are 24 hour off licences all over England. In this day and age I think we should be able to purchase alcohol at whatever time of day we choose.

  • Burton Mail  |  February 06 2013, 2:14PM

    If the Borough Council and Staffordshire Police are genuinely concerned about late night noise and anti-social behaviour arising from round-the-clock alcohol sales, then they should grow a proverbial pair and take on Tesco, the worst offender of them all. Is it really coincidence that Anglesey Parish has such a high rate of anti-social behaviour when a bottle of vodka is just a short stroll away at any time, day or night? Incidentally, Sainsburys - which closes at 10pm and has far fewer residential properties nearby - has a notice at the door asking customers to consider their neighbours and leave quietly. Would it be too much for Tesco to have something similar on display?