Shop’s alcohol bid refused

A TOWN centre store has lost its bid to sell alcohol.

Savers in Terminus Road wanted to sell alcohol from 8am-6pm Mondays to Fridays and from 10am-6pm on Sundays.

But Eastbourne Police said the plans would lead to an increase in street drinking and anti social behaviour.

The shop already sells a range of discounted health and beauty products plus household goods and food and applied for permission from Eastbourne Borough Council’s licensing committee to sell wine, beer and other alcohol.

At a meeting of the committee last week councillors were told police strongly objected to the plans.

Eastbourne’s chief inspector Jayne Dando said, “There are already 21 premises licensed for alcohol off-sales near this store and we believe a further one would have a detrimental effect on the existing saturated area.

“Eastbourne town centre has a significant problem with street drinkers who congregate in fairly large numbers behaving abusively and intimidating both shopkeepers and passers by to such an extent the council has removed public seating within the Terminus Road area.

“Over the past year 14 street drinkers have been given anti social behaviour orders at a cost of between £2,500 and £5,500 each. If this application is granted we believe that yet another off-licence in this area has the potential to attract street drinkers, particularly if the alcohol price is to be substantially discounted in common with the rest of the items offered for sale at the premises, thus significantly increasing the number of incidents of crime, disorder and public nuisance.

“Given the probable attraction of the cheaper alcohol to street drinkers and others, any additional calls to the police will place an added burden on a service where resources are already stretched and may mean calls elsewhere will result in officers getting there later.”

The committee refused permission after weighing up the applicant’s submissions along with concerns made by Eastbourne Police.