A South Shore store’s bid to sell booze has been thrown out after councillors heard the neighbourhood had improved since alcohol had stopped being sold.
Bolton Street Booze and News had applied to Blackpool Council for a new alcohol licence after being stripped of its original licence in October last year due to evidence of under-age sales and poor management.
A town hall licensing panel, which met on Wednesday, refused the application which had been opposed by the police.
PC Natali Harper, community beat manager in Bloomfield ward, had warned there were “a high number of alcoholics in the area who rely on buying cheap alcohol” and reinstating the licence could lead to the problems starting up again.
Coun Luke Taylor, who chaired the panel, said after the hearing: “While the applicant came across very well, his heavy reliance on selling alcohol did worry us.
“One of the main things was that the police sergeant said there had been massive improvements in the area since the off licence had closed. She had noticed a considerable reduction in anti-social behaviour and we felt it would be a backward step if we allowed the off licence to re-open.
“The premises are also in the saturation zone which was another factor we took into account.”
Bolton Street is within Bloomfield ward which is subject to the council’s saturation policy in relation to off licences.
The policy enables the council to control the cumulative effect of multiple retailers in order to reduce the impact on the licensing objectives.
Puventhirarajan Nadarajah had applied for a licence for Bolton Street Booze and News to be able to sell alcohol from 8am until 11pm.
As part of the application, agent Ian Rushton had said the alcohol sales would be ancillary and “would not be a significant element of the business.”
He added: “Alcohol sales would allow the business to develop and remain competitive while also promoting the licensing objectives.”
Mr Rushton also said safety measures, including the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, prevention of public nuisance and prevention of children from harm would be followed.
Mr Nadarajah has 21 days in which to lodge and appeal against the decision of the licensing panel.