A bid for a convenience store to be allowed to sell alcohol has been granted by licensing bosses.
An application had been lodged with Preston Council to let the Quick Shop in Ribbleton Avenue sell booze.
“I want the local people to feel welcome in store and they can get everything they want from one place - that’s the point of the licence.Manish Modasia
And the man behind the plans said he was pleased they were given the go-ahead, and now intended to revamp the shop.
Manish Modasia, who is now due to take over ownership of the store, said: “My plan going forward is to transform the store and have a better range.
“I want the local people to feel welcome in store and they can get everything they want from one place - that’s the point of the licence.”
A petition had been submitted against the application and letters of objection were sent to the council, but councillors approved the bid to allow the sale of alcohol for consumption off the site between 7am and 11pm daily.
A report to the licensing sub-committee said the council received 41 letters of representation, but 40 were identical.
One letter said: “I believe this (sale of alcohol) will increase alcohol related crime in the area as well as noise. It will attract yobs, drunks and drug pushers who will operate in front of the school gates.”
The report added: “The licensing authority also received a “petition” which includes 70 names objecting to the application on the grounds that the grant of a premises licence would not promote the prevention of crime and disorder licensing objective.
“The representation statement is not included on any of the pages of the petition that contain signatures. Further, 22 persons who submitted one of the standard letters have also signed the petition.”
Mr Modasia said some objections “weren’t really valid”, but said: “I understand the concerns the residents have around age-restricted sales and about young people hanging around, and we’ve got plans in place to prevent that.
“There’s going to be CCTV on the premises and outside, there’s going to be a strict Check 25 policy.” He said new staff would be brought in and the shop would be a family-run business, and said: “That’s the kind of atmosphere we want to create. It’s about being a part of the community there which is what I want to do.”