Bexleyheath residents’ fears ignored as alcohol licence is granted

PUBLISHED: 16:10 03 November 2010




A TRADER’s bid for an alcohol licence which was opposed by 181 residents has been granted by councillors.

Abid Hussain was given the licence for Thresher Wines in 1 Midfield Parade, Mayplace Road East, Bexleyheath, by Bexley councillors last Wednesday.

But he is only allowed to open the shop until 10pm daily and not until 11pm Monday to Saturdays or until 10.30pm on Sundays, as he originally applied for. This comes after residents told the council their neighbourhood is saturated with shops selling alcohol, citing 10 within a two-and-a-half mile radius.

The licensing sub-committee said: “The main cause for concern from local residents relates to the previous history of these premises while they were part of the Threshers Group.

The premises are now under different ownership and management and the evidence presented by the applicant demonstrates that they are intended to be run in an entirely different manner. The applicant has considered the concern of residents relating to late night opening and has agreed to reduce the closing hour to 10pm. He has also offered a comprehensive range of management conditions to address concerns, for example not welcoming children at all.

“There are other premises in the vicinity with similar conditions which are retailing alcohol without problems. There is no substantial evidence of existing disturbance in the vicinity of the premises and the local residents have the ability to apply for a review of the licence should their fears materialise.”

A letter objecting to the granting of the licence was signed by 181 residents, stating “there is a great risk that the community will suffer from unnecessary aggravation”.

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