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Thursday, March 7, 2013
Passionate pleas to “not ruin our lovely street” have not convinced city councillors to turn down an application for a new off-licence in Norwich city centre.
Several residents and business owners of St Benedict’s Street had objected to an application for a new off-licence in the street – but the licence has been granted.
The city council’s licensing sub-committee met at City Hall yesterday to decide on the application, which has been made for 32 St Benedict’s Street by Thuraivan Kalaiarasy, from Coventry.
Objections to the application included one from St Benedict’s Street resident, Michael Leftwich, saying: “I have been a resident for many years and do not want more disruption to our lovely street. Many of the local residents feel the same way, please do not ruin our lovely street.”
Steven Battle, director of Cookes Piano and Organs, said: “The thought of yet another outlet in St Benedict’s selling alcohol fills us with dread for the consequences.”
But the committee – chaired by Paul Kendrick, alongside Paul Neale and Mike Sands – granted the licence with several conditions, which Norfolk police had asked for.
These included the off-licence being able to sell alcohol between 8am and 11pm, but until 10.30pm on Sundays, rather than 6am to 3am, as applied for.
Constant CCTV at the shop and no selling of cheap beer or ciders above 6.5pc alcoholic volume were also imposed as conditions.
The committee also said the off-licence should run a ‘challenge 21’ scheme to fight underage drinking and all its alcohol should be tagged so that empty cans and bottles left in the area can be traced back to the shop.
That was because local residents Christine Way and Harriet Carter had spoken of antisocial behaviour already caused by people drinking in public in the area.
The objectors were reminded that a licence can be appealed if it is not meeting licensing standards and encouraged them to keep records and to contact the relevant council departments or police with complaints if the off-licence is having a negative impact on the area.
Ms Way, speaking after the meeting, said: “I was hoping it wouldn’t be granted. I’m sort of happy they have lessened the hours though.”
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