A Jamaican food store in Winson Green should not be granted a liquor license, it was argued, as this risks turning a residential area into part of the nightlife economy.
However, a representative for the store hit back at the allegations, arguing that the operators’ 25 years of ownership so far is proof that the license must be granted.
Speaking to the council’s licensing committee, an environmental health representative spoke out against granting a 24-hour liquor license for the Authentic Jamaican food store on Dudley Road.
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If granted, the store, which is already located next to another store with a 24-hour liquor license, would be able to supply alcohol around the clock, which authorities say , will have a negative impact on the region.
“I think having the two rooms right next to each other is likely to act as a focal point for people who stay up late, and those people are likely to be younger,” an environmental health spokesperson said.
“I cannot comment on their character, nor on the ability of the premises supervisor, the designated premises supervisor, to maintain order in the premises.
“I’m sure he knows the people locally and is able to maintain order in his own premises.
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“It’s what’s happening on the street that has to do with environmental health. And I admit that there are worse places than this particular place, but it effectively turns what used to be a residential area into a part of. the night economy, and it is not an area that should be part of the night economy. It is an area with a lot of houses above the road and apartments above the shops. “
To avoid any problems, the store owners have pledged to have at least five employees at all times to deal with potential incidents, with the current store owners having operated it for the past 25 years.
And the length of time the owners have operated in the area without any incident is one of the main reasons they should be given a liquor license, a representative argued.
“My clients have run a business from the premises where they have traded for the past 25 years up to 11pm without any issues,” he said.
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“They have actually been allowed there since 2009. They are well known and respected in the area, and also live in the area. There is no objection from the police, and there is no objection from the police. from other responsible authorities apart from environmental health.
“The environmental health objection indicates that none of the other businesses in this area, except the gas station, are open 24 hours a day. The store located right next to the premises, which is a international hypermarket, is authorized 24 hours a day and has been since 2015.
“The reason they applied for 24 hours here is simply because the foreclosure and the business dynamics of the past few years have changed. Dudley Road is a very, very busy area, and it’s busy 24 hours a day. very well the area well, they know the people of the area very very well, so there is no real reason why those hours should not be granted. “
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