Go-ahead for alcohol sales

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Licensing bosses have given the green light for alcohol sales at a new supermarket, despite objections from over 130 people.

An application was lodged last month for a licence for the sale of alcohol from 8am to 11pm, Monday to Sunday from the new Europa Delikatesy in Ribbleton Lane.

The applicants vowed to use CCTV surveillance, a Challenge 25 policy and regular litter patrols outside, but neighbours raised concerns about the prevention of crime, disorder and public nuisance, and a petition was submitted in objection.

One letter in objection said: “I live opposite this shop and there are always gangs of youths hanging around causing lots of noise and disturbance.”

But at a licensing sub-committee meeting on Tuesday, councillors granted approval.

Coun Terry Cartwright, a member of the committee, said: “We allowed it, because there were no real reasons not to. I looked for something, but couldn’t find anything.

“I asked the questions about anti-social behaviour, but there was nothing from the police to say there’d been loads of phone calls, and the police weren’t objecting to it.”

He added: “We accepted the petition, even thought there were one or two anomalies, but not one of the objectors turned up to the meeting.

“I wish someone had have come along so that they could have spoken about all the trouble they’ve mentioned.

“I think that some people don’t report issues because they don’t think the police will do anything about it, but they must make a report.

“The police need a record so that everyone has a clear idea what is going on in an area and decisions are made on that.”