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Fury as 24/7 booze licence is approved

PUBLISHED: 14:51 10 December 2008 | UPDATED: 15:48 25 August 2010

Bexley
01-12-08
Crown Woods Way, Eltham
Ray Lawrence unhappy that new BP garage has been granted a 24 hour alcohol licence

Bexley 01-12-08 Crown Woods Way, Eltham Ray Lawrence unhappy that new BP garage has been granted a 24 hour alcohol licence

RESIDENTS have condemned the approval of a 24 hour alcohol licence for a petrol station being built next to a university.

RESIDENTS have condemned the approval of a 24 hour alcohol licence for a petrol station being built next to a university.

Crown Woods Service Station, currently being built at the junction of Bexley Road and Avery Hill Road, was given a 24/7 licence by Greenwich council, despite more than 90 residents opposing it.

The BP station is within 500 metres of Crown Woods School and the Avery Hill halls of residence, home to 1,300 University of Greenwich students.

Ray Lawrence, 65, of Crown Woods Way, said: "Everyone here is quite cross because there was a campaign to show the general feeling here and it appears to have been totally ignored.

"There have been a number of petrol stations closing around here.

"Presumably fuel is a loss leader now so the only way they can make money is by selling alcohol. I can't believe many residents here will buy alcohol there, and we all know what attitude students tend to have towards drinking."

Grandmother Kathy Johnson, 65, of Crown Woods Way, said: "I'm absolutely astounded that the council allows licences like this.

"I think there is a problem with young people drinking and the whole culture is encouraged with decisions like that."

The council received a petition with 75 signatures and 15 letters objecting to the 24 hour licence.

Residents complained that youths already congregate to drink outside shops opposite the petrol station.

Yet the licensing sub-committee passed it on November 19, and approved the station serving 'late night refreshments' until 5am every night of the week. Staff selling alcohol at the BP station must ask for ID from anyone that looks under 21.

Greenwich council refused to comment.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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