Fears over 24-hour sales of alcohol at Preston garage

Objections: The shop in Garstang Road
Objections: The shop in Garstang Road
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Neighbours living close to a petrol station have been left furious by proposals for the 24-hour sale of alcohol.

An application has been lodged for 24-hour-a-day booze sales at the former Co-op in Garstang Road in Fulwood, Preston.

But residents fear the full-time licence will lead to an increase in anti-social behaviour, litter and night-time traffic.

The proposal was lodged with Town Hall bosses, who received 15 letters of objection.

One letter said: “This will draw unwelcome attention and increased footfall at unsociable hours to a residential area.

“This will result in increased noise, both on and off site.”

It said it would also lead to an increase in anti-social behaviour, noise, light pollution, parking issues and traffic.

Another letter said: “This is a quiet residential area and granting this new licence is likely to bring with it many problems and disadvantages for residents here, including problems with parking, extra litter, the possibility of under-age drinking and anti-social behaviour.”

The application is for the sale of alcohol for the consumption off the premises for 24 hours a day, and the provision of late-night refreshment from 11pm to 5am every day.

The shop is currently trading as the Co-op, but is expected to close next month, before trading begins by the new operator.

It was sold to Rontec Watford Limited, and agents submitted the application. A decision will be made next week.