Locals object to drink sale applications

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TWO controversial applications for alcohol licences are to be discussed by Sheffield councillors tomorrow.

Ranjit Kaur, owner of UK News on Burncross Road, Chapeltown, wants to sell booze from 6am until 10pm, seven days a week.

He has promised to fit CCTV cameras, refuse to allow people to congregate outside the store, and become a member of the Sheffield Licence Watch scheme, through which licensees and officials gather to discuss issues.

But 11 residents have objected to Sheffield Council and a 10-name petition has been submitted against the plans. Opponents say there are sufficient places selling booze in the area, and fear that, if a licence was granted, it would encourage youths to gather and cause ‘public nuisance’, while customers’ cars would exacerbate parking problems. Ecclesfield Parish Council is also objecting on the same grounds.

Meanwhile, Hunters Bar residents are objecting to a licensing application for a new restaurant on Junction Road, which would stay open until midnight Mondays and Tuesdays, 2am Wednesdays to Saturdays, and 12.30am on Sundays.

Four objections have been made, including one from the Botanical Area Community Association representing residents living off Ecclesall Road, complaining about potential late night noise and disturbance. The concerns are supported by Jon Round, of Sheffield Council’s environmental health department.

Both proposals are to be considered by Sheffield Council’s licensing board in a meeting at 10am tomorrow.