Published on May 17th, 2011 | by Dean Carr
Reason for refusal
SO councillors have decided not to grant a Huddersfield shop a 24-hour alcohol licence.
Many would no doubt agree as it could fuel fears of noise in the neighbourhood around Lockwood Convenience Store on Lockwood Road near Lockwood traffic lights.
Some may well think that selling alcohol 24/7 could lead to an increase in anti-social behaviour and disruption to people’s peace and quiet at all times of the day or night.
But these were not the grounds that Kirklees councillors gave for their decision to reject the application.They said there were concerns that late night customers would park on the double yellow lines outside the shop.
This, it would seem, is something of a trivial reason. After all, there are double yellow lines outside shops, banks and business across Huddersfield and yet people flout the traffic regulations at all times of the day and night.
Surely that is an enforcement issue rather than a reason not to grant an alcohol licence. Few people have objected to the application by Lockwood Convenience Store which may be either apathy or residents living nearby are OK with the proposal.
And there must be some sympathy for store owner Imran Safdar who has tried to diversify and boost his business after the post office there closed two years ago.
But the revelation that almost half his takings is from money spent on booze must be saying something negative about the society we live in today.