South Elmsall Polish shop booze bid put back
OWNERS of a Polish food shop in South Elmsall have been told they will need to work with police if they want their business to be granted an alcohol licence.
The proprietors of Heavenly Food Ltd, on Barnsley Road, submitted an application to sell alcohol from 8am through to midnight from Monday to Sunday. The application, which was heard by Wakefield Council's licensing committee on Monday, also asked for an extra hour on bank holidays.
But PC Paul Shelton, of the police licensing team, told the hearing that there had been a lack of communication from the business owners about how they planned to meet the licensing objectives of public safety, the prevention of crime and disorder, public nuisance and the protection of children from harm.
He said he was worried about the late opening hours and the fact that the shop wanted to sell alcohol for consumption both on and off the premises.
He said he had both telephoned and written to the applicants about their proposal, but had not had a reply, adding: "It's a new application, so I cannot provide figures of crime, but I do have a concern about what impact it will have.
"At this moment in time, with the information we have got, I would not want to support it."
District councillor Harold Mills objected on behalf of South Elmsall Town Centre Partnership. He said alcohol was fuelling anti-social behaviour and crime in the town and he said the extra hour requested on bank holidays would escalate existing problems. He also said the application did little to help the partnership in setting up an alcohol-free zone in South Elmsall centre.
"With big problems like this today we should be discouraging heavy drinking and supporting sensible drinking," he said.
A separate objection was also received in writing from Hemsworth MP Jon Trickett's office, on behalf of partnership chairwoman Doreen Gray, of South Elmsall.
Heavenly Foods' joint owner Tomasz Malinowski, of Old Denaby, Doncaster, told the committee, with help from interpreter and shop employee Robert Wielogorski, that he only intended to sell alcohol for consumption off the premises and asking for an on-premises drinking license had been a mistake. He also said he was willing to be flexible with the hours.
The committee adjourned his application until November 2, giving him time to work with the police to find a solution.
After the hearing Mr Malinowski said: "We understand the action and we look forward to doing everything we can to work with the police and everyone."
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