Licensing panel to rule on Bradford Canal Road store alcohol bid (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Objections as store and newsagent apply to sell drink seven days a week
A bid to sell alcohol at a discount store off Canal Road in Bradford is to be determined next week.
B&M Stores has applied to Bradford Council to allow its Kings Road store to sell alcohol seven days a week from 8am until 10pm.
It follows an application by a newsagents in the nearby Bolton Road area for similar hours, which has already drawn a number of objections.
The B&M Stores bid has attracted one objection amid fears of an increase in anti-social behaviour and vandalism.
In documents to be discussed at Bradford Licensing Panel on Monday, the objector states: “I live in an area where we already have footfall from the city centre where people regularly cause problems having drunk too much, ie shouting, kicking wheelie bins and being sick.
“Adding another outlet I’m sure will add to this. Cars are also a target having alarms set off and damage due to paintwork being scratched.
“Under-age drinking could result and as a result drunken people are a hazard to themselves, road users, and the wider public.”
The meeting takes place at 4pm in City Hall, Bradford.
Meanwhile Councillor Howard Middleton (Lib Dem, Bolton and Undercliffe) earlier told the Telegraph & Argus that he had been contacted by a number of residents who were concerned about the application for the former post office premises at 1041 Bolton Road.
Mohammed Ikram, of Bolton Road News, initially applied to serve alcohol Monday to Friday between 7am and 11pm, but subsequently amended this to include the same hours seven days a week.
As a result the date for representation has been extended until February 3.
Coun Middleton said he had been told that the original objections would be carried over.
Given the earlier objections, it is likely that the matter will go before a Council licensing panel for a decision.