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Don't let alcohol rain on our parade say Bexleyheath residents

PUBLISHED: 14:40 25 October 2010

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More than 180 residents have objected to an off licence selling booze on their parade claiming it will lead to gangs hanging around as well as anti-social behaviour.

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Abid Hussain of Thresher Wines in 1 Midfield Parade, Mayplace Road East, Bexleyheath, Bexley, has applied to Bexley council’s licensing committee to sell alcohol Monday to Saturdays between 10.30am until 11pm and on Sundays 10.30am until 10.30pm.

But residents say their neighbourhood is saturated with shops selling alcohol citing ten within a two and a half mile radius. This comes after the company that held the licence - First Quench Retailing Limited - went into liquidation last November, resulting in the shop and the rest of the 112-year-old off licence chain, being looked after by administrators.

Residents Steve and Jo Andrews who live in Midfield Avenue wrote to the council saying: “Since the closure of the Thresher off-licence some months ago, we have seen a huge reduction in noise and anti-social behaviour in the area. Previously, when the Thresher off licence was open, we would regularly have gangs of youths hanging around Midfield Parade late at night. This was particularly bad at weekends.

“There is no need for an off-licence at this address. There is already a shop, literally two doors away that sells alcohol. However, as this closes at 9pm we have never had any problems with late night noise pollution. This shop is owned and run in a responsible way by a family who themselves live in the local area.”

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.

“Children under 18 are permitted free travel with Oyster and Mayplace Road East is on the 492 bus route which means youths will be attracted to gathering around the off licence during the night causing general disturbances.

“I hope that matters I have raised will cause you to refuse to grant the application.”

Mr Hussain said that he will ensure that underage children will not be served alcohol by asking anyone who looks under 25 for identification, as well as having CCTV operating 24 hours a day outside the shop.

Councillors are due to decide on the application at Wednesday’s council meeting.

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