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.