Shop gets to sell alcohol despite 200-name petition

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A newsagent in Burnley Wood has won the right to sell alcohol despite a number of objections from neighbouring residents and businesses.

Parliament Street Newsagents applied to Burnley Borough Council to gain permission to sell alcohol from 7am to 10pm Monday to Saturday.

The council’s Licensing Sub Committee granted the application, and while expressing concern at the opening times, did not restrict them.

The committee had heard objections from residents, represented by ward Coun. Jeff Sumner.

He said: “There is evidence of drug and alcohol fuelled related issues around this area of Burnley Wood where drunken people are causing anti-social behaviour such as fighting and criminal damage.

“The residents witness the unrest that alcohol causes on a daily basis. To allow another premises to sell alcohol will only encourage the problem that this ward suffers from to grow.”

A petition containing 200 names objecting to the licence was also presented by Sumitha Manchta, the owner of nearby Amit Stores.

But the applicant Mr Imran Khan told the committee he runs two off-licences in Accrington without any problem.

He said his staff will receive training, particularly in regard to “proxy sales” whereby adults attempt to buy drink for children.

Chairman of the committee Coun. Anne Kelly said: “The licence is granted although we do have some concerns over the opening hours.

“However, we do not have enough evidence to reduce those hours. If residents become aware of any problems there is a review procedure and the licence holder can be brought back to committee.”