Asda can sell booze in new 24-hour Stoke-on-Trent store

Retail giant Asda will be able to sell alcohol at its newest Stoke-on-Trent store. Asda is investing £750,000 and creating up to 30 jobs after snapping up the old CMC Motorcycles site, on the corner of Stoke Road and Station Road, in Shelton.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has now given permission for alcohol to be sold between 6am and midnight seven days a week at the 24-hour store. It followed two objections stating that alcohol sales would increase crime levels in the neighbourhood.

Businessman and objector Navid Kaleem, who is standing in next month's general election, told the council's licensing committee: “We don’t have anything against Asda, we actually want Asda to come. It’s going to uplift the area, we’re very happy with that. What we have a problem with is Stoke-on-Trent is a bit unusual, people don’t understand Stoke-on-Trent from the outside, it’s only people from Stoke-on-Trent who understand what Stoke-on-Trent is.

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“Bringing cheap, easily accessible alcohol is going to make crime in our area worse. We want people to live in a good way, we want our city to improve and we’ve been neglected for far too long and that’s our concern, people from outside they don’t understand that, they think ok we are living in nice areas, you guys can live in dumps. So this is our concern, it’s going to increase crime and disorder, it’s going to affect public safety, it’s going to be a nuisance for the residents who live around the area.”

Staffordshire Police did not object to the application.

Asda solicitor Richard Taylor told councillors: “In a convenience store spirits and high-value items are all behind the counter. We don’t sell miniatures; we don’t sell in the convenience stores the sort of products that would appeal to street drinking or problem drinking. We have representations saying crime and anti-social behaviour but the police have no problem with the application.”

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