Green light for Nunsthorpe store to sell alcohol early
A CONVENIENCE store's plans to sell booze at breakfast has "reluctantly" been given the go-ahead.
The Lincolnshire Co-operative, in Second Avenue, on Grimsby's Nunsthorpe Estate, applied to North East Lincolnshire Council for permission to sell alcohol from 7am, as reported.
The store trades from 7am until 8pm seven days a week, and the firm wanted to bring the alcohol licence in line with opening times.
The proposal was discussed by councillors at a meeting held in Grimsby Town Hall yesterday afternoon.
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Members of the Licensing Sub-Committee spent about 40 minutes debating the proposal and also took into consideration a 129-name petition opposing the change.
Conservative councillor David Hornby, who was elected chairman of the meeting, said: "The committee has reluctantly come to the decision to grant the variation as applied for. Although the committee understands the concerns that the petition signatories have regarding this variation of the licence, we have found no evidence that the objectives would be compromised by granting this application.
"There have been no representations from responsible authorities and the committee feels that the store is actively promoting the licensing objectives. We would like to take this opportunity to reassure residents that should the licensing objectives be contravened, complaints can be made.
"Should this matter then be brought before the licensing sub committee it will take a very dim view on the matter and take all appropriate measures necessary to rectify the situation."
Petition organiser Irene Williams voiced her concerns over the changes.
The 65-year-old, of Kingsley Grove, Grimsby, said: "Children shouldn't be seeing alcohol in their faces before school. Everyone is entitled to a drink, but you will have children and teenagers thinking it is normal to buy it at those times.
"The Co-op should have some responsibility. The store is fantastic but I do think they should consider the community and set an example.
"If one child is able to get hold of alcohol we could lose that person to drink for years to come.
"You do see people drinking on the estate and it does have to be said they do not always cause anti-social behaviour but children see it and think it is normal."
Chris Cocking, food store operations manager at Lincolnshire Co-operative, said: "We operate 75 stores and we are reviewing the licences at all shops.
"At this stage, there are no plans to extend the opening hours; just bring the licence in line with the store's opening times."
Speaking after the meeting, Mrs Williams said: "I thought it might go that way but if you don't try, you can't complain later on."