Sheffield residents fears over 24-hour off licence

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Plans for a new 24-hour off licence on Sheffield’s West Street have been objected to over fears it will increase street drinking problems.

The proposals for sandwich shop Food To Go will go before a council licensing committee next week.

Eight objections have been made to the application from residents and business owners who say another off licence would worsen existing problems.

Linda Cooley, writing on behalf of the Sheffield City Centre Action Group, said street drinkers already ‘harass passers-by for money’ and had noisy drunken disputes.

She added: “Their present behaviour is fuelled by the availability of cheap alcohol from existing 24-hour off licences on West Street and the situation would only be exacerbated by granting this licence as it is likely to lead to a price-cutting war and make the alcohol even more readily available.”

Business owner and resident Natalie Bryan said residents feared the area would become a ‘no go zone’.

She added: “Crime, disorder and nuisance are already intolerable.

“Community safety is an ongoing issue with street drinkers urinating, swearing, fighting and hanging around licenced premises.”

Reports to the meeting next Friday say the shop would have CCTV, trained staff, would not allow people to congregate and employ a Challenge 25 scheme.

Litter would be cleared each day.

A spokesman for Bell Davies Associates, acting for applicant Husnu Aslan, said issues would be ‘resolved at the meeting’.