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WALSALL: “Unique” cocktail shop plan rejected

WALSALL: “Unique” cocktail shop plan rejected

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A bid to open a “unique” store selling takeaway cocktails, mocktails and slushy drinks in Walsall town centre has failed.

Jaydene Donnay wanted to open Jay’s Juices in a former hairdressing salon in Goodall Street selling drinks between 12noon to 11pm all week.

But the location falls within a ‘cumulative impact zone’ and Walsall Council’s licensing sub committee said they were not convinced the venue wouldn’t add to existing problems in the area.

Concerns over the number of drinkers and venues in a small area causing a nuisance resulted in a new cumulative impact policy coming into force to restrict the number of premises in the zone.

Miss Donnay said she would be looking to offer seven or eight alcoholic cocktails on the menu and anticipated at least 30 customers per day.

Patrick Burke, representing her, said: “This (business) is not only unique to Walsall but actually unique to the Midlands.

“We were aware of the cumulative impact zone. We’ve taken all the steps in speaking to the police before we submitted, had site visits with police, community protection, fire service and none of them have an issue with this.

“This is a young person living within Walsall who wants to start a new business and I would urge you to just give her that support.

“It’s very unusual and it’s very brave thing to do in today’s climate to find young people prepared to have a go at something like this.

“People are not queuing up to take over premises. This shop has been shut now for a while. It was a hairdressers and it didn’t work. This is a new venture which could introduce new people into Walsall.”

But Walsall Council lawyer Dominic Patouchas said members decided not to depart from the cumulative impact policy.

He said: “On the balance of probabilities the committee are not satisfied the applicant has demonstrated the application will not undermine the (crime and disorder) licensing objective.

“The premises adds to those selling alcohol in the restricted area and will attract 30 to 40 people per day as a unique offer.

“The committee do note the police have not objected however the police were consultees on the policy when they agreed this cumulative impact area was of high concern regarding ASB and criminal activity.

“As such the evidence already supports the view to grant a licence in this area would undermine the objectives and the committee do not depart from the policy.”

Words: Gurdip Thandi, Local Democracy Reporter

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