Residents fight off-licence plan

A PETITION containing 178 names has been collected in opposition to a newsagent's application to become an off-licence.

Tuesday, 25th September 2007, 9:37 pm
Updated Thursday, 27th September 2007, 9:52 am

Residents near Jo-Ann's Convenience Store in Furnace Lane, Woodhouse Mill, say they are concerned about the effect licensing the shop could have on anti-social behaviour in the area. They believe it could encourage youths to congregate outside the store and lead to intimidation, litter and vandalism.

However, 112 residents have offered their support.

An objection letter sent to Sheffield Council's Licensing Department said the area was suffering an increase in youths hanging around in the area - the result of displacement following a zero tolerance policy in nearby Handsworth - and that a new off-licence would only make things worse. The letter said: "Another outlet provides another opportunity. An intoxicated minor is more likely to abuse another minor or even resort to violence."

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There were also worries about bottles littering the streets.

A letter from Lockett and Co Retail, Licensing and Training Consultants was sent in support of the application, asking for their petition to be taken into account.

A decision will be made at the Licensing Board meeting on Tuesday.

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