A RESTAURATEUR has reassured residents his bid for an alcohol licence will not add to booze-fuelled violence.
Alessandro Biviano said his new venture Pulci Pizza on Breck Road, Poulton – the 65th premises in the town to hold a licence – will be a relaxed restaurant.
He vowed it would not be a bar with late night drinking but an intimate eaterie doubling as a takeaway.
Mr Biviano said: “We are not a bar, I have never been in the bar business, I want to be going home at 11pm.
“This licence will mean that I can serve drinks with food, at the moment customers are bringing their own alcohol.”
Having spent almost 10 years in partnership with his brother Roberto at Pulcinellas in Cleveleys, he says he is looking forward to going it alone.
He added; “If I am successful during the evening I may think about opening during the day to support the day time economy.
Mr Biviano’s licence, which was granted at a meeting at the Civic Centre last night, faced opposition from concerned residents.
Poulton’s Historical and Civic Society say they feel there is already a disproportionately large number of licensed premises in Poulton.
A spokesman said; “Poulton town centre is now balanced towards the night time economy, which is taking over from every day retail businesses.
“It is essential for the success of the community that retail shops not replaced by outlets from the night time economy.”
Resident Shirley Slater, said; “Poulton is now regarded with caution if it is necessary to visit friends at night – what a sad state of affairs.
“I speak to so many people these days who regard living in Poulton as ‘no longer the place it used to be’.
Earlier this year licensing bosses called for an investigation into alcohol-related disorder in Poulton town centre.
A report, published by Wyre Council’s licensing manager, revealed there were 64 premises in the town holding licenses – including 12 licensed for ‘off sales only’.
The report suggested the council consider a ‘cumulative impact policy’ if they felt the town was saturated with pubs and clubs, where new licenses would be refused unless the applicants could prove their activities would not add to public disorder.
However, police are not looking to adopt the approach.