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Fury over 24-hour booze bid from shop

Local residents angry over Premier store, Highfield Road, Rastrick, applied for 24 hour trading.

Local residents angry over Premier store, Highfield Road, Rastrick, applied for 24 hour trading.

Residents have reacted angrily to a Rastrick convenience store and takeaway applying for a licence to be able to sell alcohol 24 hours a day.

The Premier Convenience and Curry Chef, on Highfield Road, has applied to Calderdale Council for the licence.

However, residents have said, if approved, the selling of alcohol late into the night will cause more problems.

Resident Jennifer Binns said: “There are currently a lot of problems there with noise at the moment and if it is passed it is just going to be hell on earth.

“A 24 hour licence is not required as there are three shops selling alcohol already.

“There are many elderly people who live on the estate and don’t want it.”

She is urging residents who are opposed to the idea to make their views known.

Last year 132 letters of objection were made against plans to sell alcohol from the premises.

The Licensing Panel agreed with owners Muhammad Ismail and Mohammed Rafique to sell alcohol between 7am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and 8am and 10pm on Sunday.

Mr Rafique said he is trying to allay residents’ fears of alcohol being sold around the clock.

“We have applied for the licence to be able to sell alcohol with meals from the takeaway. We are not looking to extend the opening hours and will be closing at the usual time.

“If any residents have any concerns they shouldn’t hesitate to come in and talk to us.”

The application is open to public consultation. Comments can be made until March 26.

 

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