An application had
been made by Mrs Hardip Kaur and Mr Rajit Singh, the Premises
Licence Holders, in respect of Drinks Express, 64 Chapel Ash,
Wolverhampton WV3 9TT.
The Section Leader
(Licensing) provided an outline of the variation application,
drawing attention to an administrative error in the report –
the premises were in Park Ward, not St. Peter’s. Mrs Kaur
confirmed that the summary was accurate.
applicants presented their application.
The request to extend the sale of alcohol for an additional 4
hours, until 3am, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday had been made
due to demand from existing customers, including local brewery
staff, and following requests to deliver goods after
hours. Currently, people were
travelling to a 24 hour off-licence in Penn Fields to purchase
alcohol after 11pm. The applicants felt
that the extended hours would allow their business to reach its
full capacity, not just through the sale of alcohol but of other
goods as well.
applicants stated that they had not had any issues with littering
in the vicinity of the shop nor any trouble. A declaration had been signed following
consultation with the Police for the store to have SIA registered
door staff. 24 hour CCTV cameras were
already in operation and recordings were retained for 30
days. There was also an incident book
on site. Overall, the applicants felt
that they had been very good licence holders with no problems
stemming from the sale of alcohol from their premises.
Sub-Committee questioned the Licence holders on their application,
with the latter providing the following responses:
had deemed that there was demand for the additional opening hours
as a high number of customers had been requesting it for a long
time. Both the brewery and many
takeaway outlets were located in the vicinity of the premises and
many people wanted to be able to purchase a couple of beers after
work or to take home with their food.
It was accepted that when a previous request for extended hours,
around 6-7 years ago, was refused there had been alcohol related
issues in the area. However, since the
removal of a nearby bus stop those problems had been
eradicated. In addition, if a customer
appeared to be drunk they would not be served alcohol.
Police had never been called to the premises. The only time they had visited was to erect a
poster regarding a mental health matter.
were not aware of any anti-social behaviour (ASB) in the vicinity
of the shops during its opening hours.
They had also consulted local takeaways with regard to such issues
occurring after 11pm but they had been assured that there were no
had been incidences of ASB at the nearby bus shelter but since it
had been removed two years ago such issues no longer
Section Leader – Licensing referred to a meeting between
herself, the Licensing Manager, the Council’s ASB Team and
the Licence Holders 4 years previous in which ...
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