New Wallasey convenience store granted alcohol licence

Councillors have considered an application for a premises licence for a new convenience store called Keerthi Superstore on 56 King Street in Wallasey. It is hoping to open by the end of November.

Three people had raised concerns about potential crime and disorder, antisocial behaviour, and underage drinking in the area. A drug and rehabilitation centre operating nearby was also highlighted as a concern with the number of licensed premises in the area.

Neighbour Simon Kelly said there had been problems previously when an off-licence had been opened in the same spot, adding, “I do not seem convinced there will be enough responsible people with enough experience to manage the premises for 18 hours a day.”

Police did not raise any objection to the application and neither did any other organisation consulted. However, council officers did raise concerns about who would be running the premises, where they lived and how long it would be leased for.

Officers also asked whether any workers would be living above the shop but were told this space would only be used for storage.

Ian Rushton, who represented the applicant Pamini Mathiyaparanam, asked councillors to give the shop an opportunity, adding, “As you know, the weight of evidence is key today and we would say that the evidence submitted doesn’t give enough weight.”

Councillors decided to grant the new alcohol licence from 7am to midnight saying any decision must be evidence-based based and no evidence was provided by the police to suggest that granting the licence would lead to a rise of anti-social behaviour in the area.

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