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Thornton post office in bid to sell alcohol
A village Post Office struggling with high rents and bills has applied for an alcohol licence in a bid to survive.
Thornton Post Office hopes to diversify by becoming a convenience store, hoping the move will secure its future.
Postmaster Sukveer Singh has now applied to sell alcohol at the Kipping Lane premises from 9am to 11pm daily, but the move has angered some locals.
Mr Singh’s wife, who declined to give her first name, said: “It’s about survival. It’s about continuing to offer a service to our customers. With business rates and utility bills rising, it’s about surviving for the future.
“This application is also about utilising our space which is not being utilised. It’s an old, traditional card and stationery shop, selling jar sweets.
“We need to increase our stock in order to make the Post Office a viable business, because as the postmaster salary is dropping, the expenses are rising, and it’s not going to be a viable business at this rate.”
She said the Post Office provided an important service, especially to the elderly, but if they were still to be around in five years’ time they had to find a way to increase their offer to customers.
Seven letters and three petitions have been sent to licensing bosses at Bradford Council, raising concerns about underage drinking, noise nuisance and littering.
One letter said: “Alcohol is readily available for villagers to buy and as such, another store selling alcohol will not help the community in any form but it will increase the number of youths and adults that are seen drinking in the local streets and parks and criminal offences being committed.”
Mrs Singh said she and her husband were aware of the objections.
She said: “With anti-social behaviour, we are not worried about that. We have got a pub that faces us opposite, and a shop up the road, and I don’t think our existence will increase any further whatever activities are going on.”
It will be discussed at the Bradford District Licensing Panel on Monday.