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LICENCE EXTENSION: ‘Infringement of human rights’ says resident

LICENCE EXTENSION: ‘Infringement of human rights’ says resident

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Residents are fighting plans for a King’s Heath off-licence to sell booze until 11pm at night – claiming it will fuel loutish behaviour and breach their human rights.

Brits Food and Wine convenience store is bidding to sell alcohol from 7am to 11pm throughout the week.

But several residents have argued against it, citing concerns about anti-social behaviour from ‘aggressive, abusive’ groups.

Heard by the council’s licensing committee today (Monday, April 12), the shop at Stapleford Croft, King’s Heath was looking to extend its current hours, which operated from 8am to 9pm under the former owner.

However the application was met with objections from several local residents, many of whom claim the area is already struggling, forcing the applicant to change their planned operating hours to 8am to 9pm.

“Local groups of adolescents congregate on the wall outside of the shop, at times they have damaged property belonging to the shop, residents’ cars and litter the area constantly, they have not been abusive to me personally, but have been verbally aggressive towards other residents and I feel that extended hours will only increase our worries more,” one resident wrote.

“This is a low poverty area with a raised crime rate – the introduction of being able to access alcohol more readily is only going to fuel the situation, this is something neither the shop or residents can control, so for the safety of the local area the current hours should not be extended.”

A spokesperson for the applicant pointed to the fact that there had been no representations from responsible authorities, such as the police, with several objections dismissed as ‘speculative’.

However one person claimed that the impact of any extension would be a violation of her human rights, telling the committee: “As a resident I should not have to put up with this [litter, noise, fighting, screaming, loud music] until 9pm let alone 11pm,” she wrote.

“It is an infringement of my rights and an absolute public nuisance for myself and all other residents living close by.

“I feel that if this application is accepted will an infringement of my Human Rights, more specifically Article 8 – Respect for your private and family life.

“Therefore, I would like the licensing committee to consider my representation in opposing this application to protect my family, my neighbours and local community and help us to reduce noise, pollution and crime within our area.”

A decision on the application is expected within five working days.

Words: Tom Dare, Local Democracy Reporter


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