By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 20 September 2013 Updated: 20/09 08:55
A CONVENIENCE store has become the latest venue along Mount Pleasant to be given a licence to sell alcohol.
Viktorija Rimele’s application was approved by councillors just six weeks after a similar licence was given to a shop just yards away. It means there are now seven pubs or shops along a short stretch of road selling alcohol.
Despite concerns from residents the area could become ‘booze city’ if both applications were allowed - as reported in the Standard in August - only one objection was received to Mrs Rimele’s plans.
Emily Lane, who wrote a letter to the council but did not attend Wednesday’s Redditch Borough Council licensing sub-committee meeting (September 18), said if the licence was granted it should be restricted to 6pm at the latest.
“I am concerned that the sale of alcohol will attract anti-social behaviour, particularly at night, and being an elderly resident I do not want to feel unsafe in my own home and vicinity.”
She added there was an ‘ever present’ problem of parking, with cars often ignoring double yellow lines painted outside the shops.
But Mrs Rimele said she had been running her shop for over a month any had not witnessed any nuisance problems or parking issues.
“As a trader, I do not take any responsibility for drivers parking on double yellow lines. I wanted to open until 11pm but because of the representations we have stuck to 9pm, as a trader it’s a big loss losing two hours in the evening.
“Our shop is very small and will have just one shelf of alcohol. We do not have any problems at the moment.”
In her application, she said the store would operate a Challenge 25 policy and put in CCTV as well as keeping a register of refusal of sales to intoxicated people.
Councillors said Mrs Rimele could not be held responsible for any existing problems and that considerations such as parking issues did not fall under the remit of what they could consider when granting an application.
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