Off-licence plan for former Tuebrook cake shop could leave people 'intimidated'

Plans to turn a former cake shop into an off licence could make people feel “intimidated”, opponents have claimed.

A bid has been lodged with Liverpool Council for a premises licence at Craigs Road, Tuebrook, to open a convenience store at the now vacant MB Desserts shop. Applicant Vairaiyah Mangaleswaran is seeking to open from 7am to 11pm daily.

However the proposals have been met with hostility from the area’s representative and residents over potential anti-social behaviour.

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Having previously been home to a dessert delivery business, the building on the junction with Lisburn Lane has stood vacant since it closed. If approved by Liverpool Council’s licensing and gambling sub-committee next month, it could be transformed into a convenience store with permission to sell alcohol, much to the concern of a dozen respondents to the plan.

Documents released by Liverpool Council ahead of the crunch meeting on June 18 show among the opponents were Tuebrook Larkhill ward councillor Billy Lake. He said if the plan was approved it could lead to a congregation of young people around the shop that would be an “invariable lead to other forms of anti-social behaviour.”

He also expressed concern about the proximity of the site to Roscoe Ballantyne Primary School, suggesting parents and children could be exposed to “unruly behaviours.” In a bid to reduce the possibility of issues, Cllr Lake proposed a reduction in time for alcohol sales from midday to 8pm.

Further opponents were in agreement with Cllr Lake writing that they felt groups could gather “and become a nuisance and intimidate.” They added: “Drunk and disorderly behaviour will increase along with unpredictable behaviour and disorder.”

One respondent was concerned about the environmental impact of the potential new business. They wrote: “ It will present the area with even more litter.

“It is already shocking around here for rubbish being thrown on the street.”

Another person said the addition of an off-licence would make “many people intimidated” and leave them feeling like it is “unsafe to go out.” The respondent wrote: “Craigs Road is already a rat run and I feel that the opening of a shop on the corner of Craigs Road will bring unnecessary traffic to the area.”

The plans will be considered by a three-person panel at Liverpool Town Hall.

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