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Store booze ban is lifted

Happy Shopper on Briercliffe Road in Burnley which has been refused a drinks licence.
Photo Ben Parsons

Happy Shopper on Briercliffe Road in Burnley which has been refused a drinks licence. Photo Ben Parsons

A controversial Burnley convenience store banned from selling booze in 2010 has been granted an alcohol licence again.

Bosses at the Happy Shopper store were given the green light to sell alcohol despite fierce opposition from neighbours around Briercliffe Road.

Residents had voiced fears that granting a licence could reignite trouble with youths drinking on the streets and alcohol-fuelled crime, during the hearing of Burnley Council’s licensing committee.

The shop had a booze ban in 2010 after it failed several test purchasing operations to underage drinkers.

An licence application was rejected over fears of anti-social behaviour when it went before the committee in August.

But new owner Pervaz Iqbal, whose brother used to run the store, was granted a licence to sell alcohol.

Mr Iqbal, who is a postmaster, said: “I ran a shop in Foundry Street for 16 years and never had a problem with alcohol-related crime.

“I am not making excuses for my brother. He had problems like staffing levels. He made mistakes and his staff made mistakes. But that should not reflect on me.”

Conditions will be in place for three months that no previous employees should be employed, a designated premises supervisor must be on site when alcohol is on sale which can only be sold between 6pm and 9pm weekdays and 1pm to 9pm on weekends.

 

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