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Petition launched against new supermarket licence

Area: The new supermarket wants to sell alcohol from premises on Ribbleton Lane

Area: The new supermarket wants to sell alcohol from premises on Ribbleton Lane

A petition has been launched against plans to sell alcohol from a new supermarket.

Applicants from the new Europa Delikatesy on Ribbleton Lane asked for a premises licence to allow the sale of alcohol, for consumption off the premises.

But neighbours have submitted a petition of more than 130 names against the plans, which will now be debated by licensing chiefs at Preston Council.

An application was lodged last month for a licence for the sale of alcohol from 8am to 11pm, Monday to Sunday from the St Matthew’s store.

The plans included measures such as CCTV surveillance, a Challenge 25 policy and regular litter patrols outside.

They also include displaying spirits behind the counter, and displaying beer and wine in an area easily supervised by staff from the counter.

But letters of objection were received, raising concerns about the prevention of crime, disorder and public nuisance.

One letter said: “I strongly object to this application to sell alcohol at the above premises.

“I live opposite this shop and there are always gangs of youths hanging around causing lots of noise and disturbance.”

Another letter said there were “several” shops in the area selling alcohol, and said: “Yet another on our door step will only attract lots of trouble in the area.” It added: “I do not want another shop and there is no need for another off licence in this area.”

Licensing bosses also received a petition with 133 names, objecting to the application over fears of the prevention of crime and disorder and public nuisance.

The application will be discussed at Preston Council’s licensing sub-committee meeting on June 3.

 

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