Anger and concern over alcohol licence bid

PremierA bid to sell alcohol from 6am to 11pm at a new Premier Store opening in the old post office in Cadbury Heath has been met with anger.

The application for a premises licence for the unit next to First Choice Takeaway in Heath Rise has been lodged by Melrose Associates on behalf of Prashanth Selvarajah.

Among those raising concerns is Oldland Parish Council. Clerk Victoria Hicks said: “In a community that has had serious issues with street drinking and anti-social behaviour, further sale of alcohol in the locality is likely to create an issue of public nuisance.”

Local councillor Tony Olpin said: “I wish to register an objection on behalf of the residents who have concerns about this application on the basis that public safety and the prevention of public nuisance could be affected if this application is approved.”

Another objector said there were already enough shops in the area selling alcohol.

The application says CCTV and a proof of age scheme, such as Challenge 25, would operate.

There are other Premier Stores in Oldland Common, Kingswood, St George, Stockwood, Brislington, Keynsham and Saltford.

The application will be discussed by the Licensing Sub-Committee next Tuesday, 8th April, at Kingswood Civic Centre at 10am.