Friday, July 29, 2011

Ongoing battle against alcohol licensing in Kensington and Fairfield

Liam and I attended the meeting of the Licensing Committee to object to (yet another) alcohol licence in Kensington and Fairfield.

In this particular case it was the new shop on Farnworth Street which we are delighted has taken over the Phythian pub with a much needed local resource.

What local people did not want though, and were fighting hard against, was for this shop to be open until 11pm selling alcohol. It is about three years ago when we last fought on behalf of the people of Farnworth Street, Butler Crescent and Molyneux Road in particular for a proposed shop on this site to be open so late; with the support of the Planning Committee it was agreed that any shop here should close at 8pm.

In particular Molyneux Road is designated as a "gold" hotspot for anti-social behaviour by our local police.

So it was with great disappointment that we all learnt of an application for an alcohol licence that would extend shop opening hours in this way and make the situation even worse.

We both attended the committee and were delighted when the members of licensing agreed with us. The shop and its alcohol licence will finish at 8pm. The new owner seems like a nice bloke that we can do business with and we wish him well, but we are glad that his enterprise will finish at a respectable time.


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