Published on August 27th, 2015 | by Dean Carr
Widnes alcohol shop applies for premises licence to Halton Council
The Bargain Booze store in Upton Rocks in Widnes could be allowed to sell alcohol between 8am and 11pm if an application is approved by Halton Council.
COUNCILLORS are due to decide whether to approve a premises licence application for a Widnes off licence which has been opposed by residents. Members of Halton Council’s regulatory committee will meet at Runcorn Town Hall on Tuesday, September 1, to hear an application for the Bargain Booze store at Fir Park in Upton Rocks.
A report said that Clamco Limited has applied for the licence and it proposes selling alcohol between 8am and 11pm each day it is open. The document added that representations have been made regarding the application by both Cheshire police and Trading Standards. Police have made three requests which have been agreed by the applicant and include CCTV being installed, that staff know how to operate the system, and that ‘high value alcohol’ such as spirits are only to be displayed behind the counter.
Conditions put forward in the document by Trading Standards – which have also been agreed by the applicant – include a notice at its entrance showing a that ‘Challenge 25’ policy is in operation.Other agreed polices in the report include forms of ID which are to be accepted by the store, the introduction of a training programme for workers who will sell alcohol and how to prevent underage sales, and that the premises licence holder will undertake staff reviews every six months to ‘reinforce the training and to promote best practice’.
An appendix to the report showed that 14 residents have objected to the proposed licence. Options available to councillors in the document include granting the application, unless it considers that ‘for the promotion of the licensing objectives’ it should either reject either all or part of it, or impose relevant conditions of the licence. The report added that the committee must ‘act with a view to promoting the licensing objectives’ which includes public safety, preventing public nuisance, crime and disorder, and protecting children from harm.
Source: Liverpool Echo
Author: John McDougall