petrol station wins its bid for 24-hour alcohol sales
Burnham-On-Sea petrol station has this week won its controversial
bid to sell alcohol 24 hours a day.
first reported here,
the Esso station in Oxford Street had applied to Sedgemoor District
Council for a change to its premises licence to allow round-the-clock
residents and town councillors have aired their concerns about
the plans, saying the 24-hour sales could encourage late night
noise and anti-social behaviour in that area of town.
at a meeting of Sedgemoor's Licensing and Gambling Panel on Wednesday,
the plans were given a thumbs-up.
was clear to the Panel that a major concern of the Objectors was
the perception that any increase in the hours of trading would
result in an increase in noise and anti-social behaviour in and
around the premises during the early hours of the morning,"
said a council spokesman.
concerning the need or requirement of a 24-hour licence was not
a valid reason for refusal of the application. The Police submitted
an objection but were satisfied that the implementation of several
proposed conditions would address their concerns."
"In considering the evidence the Panel was mindful of the
fact that both the Government Guidance and Council Policy stress
that premises offering sales of alcohol for consumption off the
premises should generally be free to do so at any time the retail
outlet was open unless good reasons based on the licensing objectives
"The Panel was mindful of the fact that the Applicant could
not be held responsible for general anti-social behaviour after
customers had left the premises."
"In addition the Panel did not consider that there was any
evidence of a direct link or reason to believe there would be
any link between the premises and incidents of anti-social behaviour
in the vicinity of the premises, provided the applicant followed
the steps identified in the operating schedule."
The conditions include improvements to CCTV coverage, the installation
of signs requesting customers leave the area quietly, training
for staff, sales via a night hatch between midnight and 5am, and
the installation of a panic alarm for staff.
decision comes concerns were raised by councillors at a recent
meeting. Cllr Phil Harvey said: "I can't see why it's necessary
to sell alcohol through the night here. It could lead to late
night noise and anti-social behaviour issues."
Neville Jones added: "There's a guesthouse right next door
to this petrol station and many private properties around the
roundabout. It's in the heart of the town. Selling alcohol here
around the clock could well harm the area."
Cllr Dennis Davey agreed, adding that he also has concerns about
the proposed sale of hot food overnight. "There's a risk
that this petrol station would become a collection point for youths
late at night which would create extra noise in a residential
resident Mike Young also spoke out about his concerns. He told
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We're concerned the 24-hour sales of
alcohol would lead to extra late night noise and anti-social behaviour
- we are certainly opposed to the plans."
applied for restrictions and conditions on its licence to be removed
at the station to allow it to sell alcohol 24 hours a day. Its
current hours for selling alcohol are Monday to Saturday (8am-11pm),
Sunday 10am-10.30pm, Good Friday 8am-10.30pm and Christmas Day
12pm-3pm and 7pm-10.30pm.