Burnley shop blamed for drunken youths

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 corner shop, caught several times selling alcohol to children, has failed to have its licence reinstated.

Concerned residents pleaded with Burnley Borough Council’s Licensing Committee not to restore the licence of The Happy Shopper in Briercliffe Road, which they blamed for a spate of anti-social behaviour in the area.

Examples given included children as young as 12 “clearly drunk and fighting in the street” as well as a group of children seen pushing a car down Townley Street under the influence of alcohol.

The previous licence holder’s brother, Mr Pervaz Iqbal, who made the latest application, said he planned to appeal against the refusal.Burnley Council revoked the shop’s licence in June 2010. It had been the subject of three review hearings and failed five test purchase operations in 18 months.

Mr Darren Reynolds, speaking on behalf of the Burnley Lane Residents’ Group, addressed the committee: “The history of this shop is about as bad as it gets. There are so many violations of the council’s policy, which if granted, would bring you into disrepute.”

Mr Iqbal, who owns an off-licence in Stacksteads, said he has never had problems there, that his brother’s previous failures were not relevant, and that his staff would be trained.

Chairman Coun. Betsy Stringer said: “We feel that granting this licence would exacerbate the anti-social behaviour in this area.”