Convenience shop granted licence to serve alcohol despite residents' fears

Hobs Moat Road where the shop is based.
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A Solihull convenience shop has been given a licence to sell alcohol despite residents’ numerous objections. Licensing bosses at Solihull Council have given the green light for the drinks licence for One Stop shop in Hobs Moat Road.

More than 15 residents and a business owner in the parade of shops near to One Stop wrote to the authority with their “serious concerns” appealing for councillors to object. The issues raised included:

  • Public safety

  • Noise from loud music played in cars

  • Light pollution

  • Antisocial behaviour including alleged drug taking

  • More danger of vandalism

In a letter, signed by 17 residents, they said: “Please look into our objections due to all the issues - many nuisances, disturbances, late night noises, harassment from drunks and drug users loitering this late licence will create.” A business owner said: “My business is a tuition centre for students aged six to 16-years-old.

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“Antisocial behaviour has increased to a level where children arriving and leaving my premises feel unsafe or intimidated. I strongly believe adding another outlet for the sale of alcohol on a small row of shops with two off licences already will only exacerbate existing issues.”

But applicant, Nazia Khanum, said the premises will have a "positive impact" on the community. “It will always show due diligence to the licensing objectives,” he said.

As conditions for the licence the applicant promised the installation of CCTV and appropriate staff training to ensure all workers knew their responsibilities in selling alcohol. The application had originally been for the sale of alcohol between the hours of 8am and midnight but during the licensing act panel's meeting the applicant offered 8am to 11pm instead, after hearing residents' concerns.

And council officers highlighted to the panel none of the consulted responsible authorities, including West Midlands Police, had commented or raised objections. During the meeting the panel agreed to grant the licence saying on balance the conditions and the new timings for the sale of alcohol would address the issues raised by residents.

The meeting was held at the Civic Suite on July 2.

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