Called into Review!

I have been notified that Merseyside Police has called into review the premise licence for the Lifestyle and Convenience Store, 82-84 Town Meadow Lane, Moreton, Wirral, CH46 7TB.  (known locally as Bhullars General Store).

I have not seen the report, however I have been informed by a licensing officer that the review has been asked for because the store has been caught seeling alcohol to under aged people and the sale of counterfeit alcohol 

The Notice is below:

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Merseyside Police have applied to Wirral Borough Council to review a Premises Licence in respect of the premises known as Lifestyle and Convenience Store, 82-84 Town Meadow Lane, Moreton, Wirral, CH46 7TB. 

LICENSING ACT 2003 

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR THE REVIEW OF A PREMISES LICENCE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Merseyside Police have applied to Wirral Borough Council to review a Premises Licence in respect of the premises known as Lifestyle and Convenience Store, 82-84 Town Meadow Lane, Moreton, Wirral, CH46 7TB. 

The grounds for review are in relation to the prevention of crime and disorder and the protection of children from harm.  

Any person wishing to make representation in respect of the above may do so by writing to the Licensing Authority, Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey CH44 8ED. 

The closing date for representations is 27 December 2011 

A copy of the application for the review of the above licence is kept by the Licensing Authority, Town Hall,Brighton Street,Wallasey CH44 8ED.  The application can be viewed Monday and Tuesday 9.00am to 5.00pm, Wednesday 10.00am to 5.00pm and Thursday and Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm, except bank holidays. 

It is an offence to knowingly or recklessly to make a false statement in connection with an application.  The maximum fine for which a person is liable on summary conviction for making a false statement is a Level 5 fine on the standard scale.    Date this 29 day of November 2011

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A Sensible Decision!

Earlier this evening I attended Wirral’s Licensing Health, Safety and General Purposes Committee to listen to the debate on Wirral’s plans for ‘Minimum Pricing for Alcohol’

The results of the consultation was fairly evenly split for and against, and like me, many of the committee thought that the introduction of minimum pricing would not deal with the problems of alcohol induced crime and anti-social behaviour and would in fact penalise responsible drinkers.

Having never been an advocate of a minimum pricing policy I was delighted that the committee voted unanimously to recommend that Cabinet reject progressing with a minimum pricing policy.      

Whilst I recognise that we do have a problem with alcohol abuse in Wirral, as we do across the country, I don’t believe that punishing everyone by increasing prices of alcohol is a fair way to deal with this.       Lets deal with those who abuse alcohol and leave those who drink responsibly alone to enjoy their tipple!

Alcohol Fuelled Anti-Social Behaviour!

An application has been made by Tesco to sell alcohol at its yet to be built store, on the site of the former Plough Pub near to Moreton Cross.    Tesco’s want to sell alcohol from 8am till 11pm every night.    However the Police’s newly published crime data shows the area to be an anti social behaviour hotspot.  In December 2010 there were 19 incidents of anti social behaviour near to the site of the store, along with four further violent crimes.

I do hope that Wirral’s Licensing Committee, when they consider this application take into account the new Police data, common sense surely would dictate that these hours are far too long and would only serve to add to alcohol fuelled anti-social behaviour and crime.

Popeyes Pizza, Upton Road

Popeyes Pizza on Upton Road has applied to Wirral’s Licensing Department for an extension to its hours, it has asked for permission to remain open until 2am every morning.   Personally with so many hot food takeaways, well over a dozen in the immediate area I can see absolutely no reason for granting these late hours.       Just a few doors away, Sabs Kebabs was denied permission to remain open after 11:30pm, if the Council is to be consistent then it must treat this application in the same manner.

If anyone has an objection or wishes to make representation they can do so by contacting the Council’s Licensing Section by writing to:  Licensing Authority, Wirral Borough Council, Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey CH44 8ED or via email by clicking here   All objections representations must be made by the 17th February

Sabs Kebabs – Licensing Application to be Decided

Readers of the blog and the wider Moreton community will be aware that Hot Food takeaway #11 – Sabs Kebabs (formerly Cartridge World) applied for licensing permission to stay open until 2am in the morning.    Local residents have objected, as have I, and although there is no official representation from Merseyside Police Licensing Section, Moreton’s Police Neighbourhood Inspector, Peter Kolokotroni has written to the Council’s Licensing Department expressing his concerns.  The application will be considered by Wirral’s Licensing Panel at Wallasey Town Hall, on Friday 5th November at 10am.     The meeting is open to the public so if you have concerns about this please come along.

Not a Good Start!

I have just been called by a Council Licensing Officer who, along with the local police have just called into the Crossbar to discover that a licensing condition has already been breached within the first 36 hours of opening.    One of the licensing conditions, which was offered by the applicant was that there would be an SIA licensed door person on duty on Friday and Saturday evenings from 7:30pm until closing.    Well the Police and Licensing Officer have confirmed that there is no door person on duty and the Designated Premise Supervisor was not on the premises.      What happened to the promises of a community pub?   This is exactly what I and local residents feared and that is why we opposed the license…………………

Crossbar – License Approved

This morning along with my colleagues, Cllr Steve Williams and Cllr Ian Lewis I attended Wirral’s Licensing Panel meeting, which was considering the application made by Michael Howells for a license for the new bar, Crossbar on Upton Road.    

Ian and I raised concerns emanating from the previous licensing refusal and asked the Licensing Panel to restrict the hours to supply of alcohol until 10:30pm, closing to the public at 11pm each day.     However after hearing all the arguments for and against the Licensing Panel granted a licence which allows alcohol to be sold until 11pm each night closing to the public at 11:30pm.    

I welcome all businesses to Moreton, and I wish Mr Howells all the best in his quest to run the Crossbar and to make it an integral part of the community.   He has a big job to convince local residents that this is not a ‘Mini Plough’ as he described this morning.    Only time will tell!