Police in booze block bid

Bolton Street Booze and News
Bolton Street Booze and News
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Blackpool police are attempting to block an application to sell alcohol from a newsagents – just eight months after the premises was stripped of its licence.

Officers have launched an appeal to Blackpool Council after a fresh bid was made to sell beer and spirits at the Bolton Street Booze and News, in Bolton Street, Blackpool.

PC Natali Harper

PC Natali Harper

According to the council the newsagents was stripped of its licence in October due to failed test purchases and poor management.

And now police have warned granting a licence – applicable from 8am to 11pm daily if approved – could lead to an increase in alcoholism in the area.

PC Natali Harper (pictured), community beat manager in Bloomfield ward, said: “The area of Bolton Street, Waterloo Road and Lytham Road suffer from a high amount of alcohol fuelled crime and disorder and anti-social behaviour.

“This can be at all times of the year and is often led by the people who live here. There are a high number of alcoholics in the area who rely on buying cheap alcohol and Bolton Street News is an establishment which they frequent.

“This leads to drinking on the street which leads to the local businesses in the area complaining to police and it becomes a very time resourceful issue for the neighbourhood policing team.

“The neighbourhood policing team oppose this application as there are still licensed premises in the area and it is unnecessary to give the local people so many opportunities to buy drink which leads to a vast amount of problems.”

This newsagents had a premises licence from November 2005 until October, when Blackpool Magistrates’ Court upheld a licensing committee’s decision to revoke the premises licence due to failed test purchases and poor management.

At the time of the review the licence was held by Chanthirasekaren Chanthrakumar.

During the review proceedings the licence was transferred to Sithamparapillai Thevakantha, with Puventhirarajan Nadarajah applying to the council for the latest

Ian Rushton, an agent applying for the licence on behalf of Mr Nadarajah, said: “The proposed alcohol sales are ancillary and would not be a significant element of the business.

“Alcohol sales would allow the business to develop and remain competitive while also promoting the licensing objectives.” He confirmed safety measures, including the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, prevention of public nuisance and prevention of children from harm would be followed.

The council meeting to decide the application is set to take place at 6pm on June 11 at Town Hall.