130 homes visited for shop’s booze bid

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ENFORCEMENT officers visited more than 130 homes after a shop applied to sell booze.

Londis, at Highfield Road, Rastrick, applied to tomorrow’s licensing sub committee for permission.

That resulted in the council receiving 137 objections from residents on the same standard letter.

But, four residents contacted the licensing team advising they had not submitted any representation.

These representations were then withdrawn.

“As concern had been raised as to the validity of the other representations, licensing enforcement officers visted each objector’s address,” says a report to councillors.

“A further local resident did not have knowledge of representation on the application and this was also withdrawn.”

Ward councillors and West Yorkshire Police have also objected.

The premises were previously licensed in September 2005 but the Premises Licence was cancelled and surrendered by a previous licence holder in May 2010.

Mr Muhammad Ismail wants to sell alcohol from 7 am to 11 pm Monday to Saturday and from 8 am to 11 pm on Sundays.

He said he would work with police to prevent crime and disorder around the premises by promoting sensible drinking, monitoring CCTV and seeking ID from anyone under 25.

The standard letter signed by residents objects on the grounds that there are already two existing off-licence retail outlets nearby.

They are also concerned at the amount of anti-social behaviour and underage drinking and the letter states: “To grant another off-licence will cause nuisance for residents and increase crime and disorder, jeopardising all the combined hard work and efforts of the local businesses, residents, councillors and police to clean up the area and reduce anti-social behaviour and crime from the effects of underage and binge drinking,”

The police say the area would not benefit from another off licence operating close to other similar shops.

And, Neighbourhood Police attend regularly as a result of calls from residents reporting anti-social behaviour and nuisance.

The police fear if the application is successful incidents of crime and disorder would increase.