Blackpool traders crying foul over store’s booze licence win

Traders on Ashfield Road in Bispham are angry that the council has granted a licence for a new shop which will affect their trade

Traders on Ashfield Road in Bispham are angry that the council has granted a licence for a new shop which will affect their trade

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A convenience store has been granted a licence to sell alcohol despite objections from neighbouring traders who fear the move will lead to anti-social behaviour.

Blackpool Council approved the application for the Premier store on Ashfield Road, Bispham, following a town hall licensing hearing.

For the last few years it has been a real struggle to keep going, and for the council to now grant this licence is a real blow

Michelle Nelson had applied to sell alcohol between 9am and 9pm daily, to be consumed off the premises.

But eight objections were received from other traders and residents.

Ian Bullock, who owns a neighbouring off-licence Cellar V, said allowing another off-licence would put his business in jeopardy.

He said; “I’m an independent trader and I’ve been here for 11 years.

“For the last few years it has been a real struggle to keep going, and for the council to now grant this licence is a real blow.

“I think it will finish me off as I won’t be able to compete.

“I have already gone without wages myself sometimes to keep my two members of staff in jobs.”

David Spragg, who runs the post office on the same block, said in his objection that he feared granting the licence would trigger anti-social behaviour.

He said: “We have listed numerous cases of lewd and nuisance behaviour that no residential area should have to tolerate.”

In her application, Mrs Nelson says she has owned convenience stores for 17 years.

She added she would have a ‘challenge 25’ policy to ensure no under-age sales, and the staff would be ‘well trained’.

She says in her application: “This store will be refitted to a high standard with adequate lighting, CCTV and alarm system.”