By Connie Osborne Friday 16 August 2013 Updated: 19/08 11:16
CONCERNED residents and rival shop owners have failed to prevent a new store being allowed to sell alcohol for more than 16 hours a day, seven days a week.
At a licensing sub-committee meeting on Monday (August 12), Agnieszka Grabowska-Galas was granted permission to sell booze from 28 Mount Pleasant from 6.30am till 11pm, despite concerns about anti-social behaviour, increased traffic and fears it will drive a bargain war.
It means there are now six establishments on the same stretch of road allowed to sell alcohol while another store further along has also applied to Redditch Borough Council for a licence between 10am and 9pm.
Jessica Davis, owner of Reddi Booze, which is opposite the new store, objected to the application claiming there was no need for another licensed shop.
“There’s currently five on the road and there’s another 400 metres up the road already waiting for its licence.
“There’s never any parking available anyway and with more traffic there’s going to be a risk to lives and children.
“Mount Pleasant is the so-called booze run to town. This will bring more problems with anti-social behaviour.”
Another four written objections were also sent in by residents and shop owners in the area.
But Dean Carr, representing Mrs Grabowska-Galas, said the hours alcohol would be sold over were not excessive.
“It is going to be a general convenience store which will serve mainly Polish and Eastern European groceries and ten per cent of the store’s stock will be alcohol while the rest will be food and convenience goods.”
He added Mrs Grabowska-Galas had risk assessment certificates and had been awarded a personal license, while there were no objections from the police or other authorities.
“She should have the right to prove she is a responsible license holder,” he said.
Mrs Grabowska-Galas added she would work with other business and other pubs to prevent crime, while she had a zero tolerance on drugs and anyone working at the shop would be trained to operate the Challenge 25 policy.
The committee said they appreciated residents’ concerns but agreed Mrs Grabowska-Galas should not be held responsible for pre-existing problems in the area.
They granted her permission on the condition she puts a bin outside the shop and cleans up any litter created by customers.
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