The licensing committee met today to decide whether or not to allow alcohol sales from the shop premises at 180/184 Garston Old Road. This is the building on the corner of Stormont Road (Butterworth Spengler).
I was there, with Councillor Richard Oglethorpe, and a local resident to represent people who opposed the idea. No other politicians or campaigners turned up to speak.
We argued the points that residents had made, including the location being right by the park, the risk of increased litter and nuisance, the closeness of local schools and so on.
Thanks to everyone who sent in letters and forms as this did help the arguments.
Sadly we were not entirely successful. The committee did give permission for alchol sales (as part of a general convenience store). However the hours were cut down from what was being asked for. Alcohol can only be sold between 9 30 am and 10pm Monday to Sunday (that doesn't affect when the shop itself can be open).
The shop will also have to take the "Challenge 25 " approach, which basically means asking anyone who looks under 25 to prove their age.
People who were at the committee today should get a copy of a formal decision letter and the details of the meeting will be available on the Council website at this link.