D-day for store plan at old pub

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to turn a disused pub into a convenience store and café are to be considered by Sheffield Council’s licensing board on Thursday.

The proposals for the old Blue Bell Inn, at Main Street, Hackenthorpe, have resulted in 84 objections, mostly from surrounding residents, and also from Patrick Moon and Tim Robinson, of the Spar shop on Birley Spa Lane.

Objections are about the impact of the store on parking in the area, and fears it could be used by underage drinkers to buy booze.

Hardial Mahal has applied for a licence for the proposed store, which would be open between 7am and 10pm each day.

Mr Mahal said he would install CCTV and operate a Challenge 25 scheme asking customers for proof of age.