A TOWN council has decided it has no objections to an application which has been submitted by a high street shop for an alcohol licence following a debate amongst its members at a meeting recently. Health and beauty store Savers has applied to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council for permission to sell alcohol at its premises on High Street in Cheadle. Cheadle Town Councillors debated about this application at a council meeting on Monday (December 2).
Councillor Kate Martin stated: “I don’t support this at all. We have got to look after what we have already got in Cheadle at the moment.
“I don’t understand why, alongside toiletries, they need to be selling alcohol.
“So many places sell alcohol, we don’t need another one.
“It shouldn’t be normal to go into Savers to go and pick up nappies and go and get alcohol with it.”
Councillor Paulette Upton concurred, saying: “I agree, we’ve got two facilities on the high street that sells alcohol – at some point we have to draw a line, we can’t keep agreeing to it.”
Councillor Ray Wood also agreed with this, commenting: “I agree with what the two councillors have said, we have got enough alcohol distributed in the town already.
“There’s certainly enough places in Cheadle to go and get a drink”
Councillor Ian Plant then stated: “I think we need to be very careful with this, we’ve got to come up with good reasons why they shouldn’t (have a licence).”
This was echoed by councillor Stephen Ellis, who said: “I agree, I think we need to be exceptionally careful as to what reasons we give to object to this, as it may have unintended consequences.
“Just over the other side of the road there is Bargain Booze, so it could be potentially equally argued that they also shouldn’t have a licence, should we object to it.
“We just have to be careful of what reasons we give to object.”
It was noted that, in order to object successfully, the council would have to give reasons that would concern ‘licensing objectives’ – which are: The prevention of crime and disorder; Public safety; The prevention of public nuisance; The protection of children from harm.
In light of this, the town council voted that it had no objections to the application under such ‘licensing objectives’ guidance.
In the application form, applicant Debbie Latto confirmed that Savers on 15 High Street in Cheadle would “carry on as a business which involves the use of the premises for licensable activities.”
It also stated that the licence would be for the supply of alcohol between 8.30am and 6.30pm from Monday to Friday and from 10am to 5pm on Sundays.
The decision on the licence application is set to be made by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.
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