Objections to newsagents’ booze sale bid

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Objections have been raised to an application to sell alcohol at a newsagents in Burnley Wood.

The Parliament Street Newsagents will discover on Thursday if it has been successful when a Burnley Council Licensing Sub-Committee will meet to discuss the proposal.

Objections, which include a petition containing around 200 names, centre around the fear more alcohol outlets in the area will increase crime and disorder in Burnley Wood.

One of the objectors, Mr Paul Woolley, owner of Parliament Hardware for 22 years, said in a letter to the council: “Burnley Wood has become a very difficult area to live in, having a major drugs and drink problem, which never seems to be resolved.

“I’ve had problems with groups of youths congregating on the streets. I feel it would be detrimental to the area, as often you can see older youths buying cigarettes for younger children. I think the same would happen with alcohol.”

Mrs Sumitha Manchta, owner of the nearby Amit Stores, also objected saying there were nine shops already selling alcohol in the area.

The committee which includes Couns Anne Kelly, Ann Royle, Jean Cunningham and John Fifield, will meet at 2pm on Thursday.