Burnley shop owner plans to appeal decision as alcohol licence bid is rejected (From This Is Lancashire)
Burnley shop owner plans to appeal decision as alcohol licence bid is rejected
A BURNLEY shop has been refused a licence to sell alcohol after councillors warned it would fuel an increase in anti-social behaviour among under-age drinkers.
Pervaz Iqbal, who runs The Happy Shopper, in Briercliffe Road, said he was ‘very surprised’ at yesterday’s decision by Burnley Council’s licensing sub-committee.
The convenience store was banned from selling booze in June 2010 after it faced three licensing reviews inside 12 months for selling alcohol to under-18s.
Mr Iqbal’s application to sell alcohol from 6am to 11am seven days a week prompted opposition from Burnley Lane Residents’ Action Group.
Coun Betsy Stringer, chair of the licencing sub-committee, said: “We feel that granting a licence would contribute to anti-social behaviour and disorder in the area.
“We accept that the (prospective) licence holder has changed but aren’t satisfied that that change will protect children from harm.”
Mr Iqbal, of Fairfield Drive, Burnley, pledged to give thorough training to all staff members on responsible alcohol sales and said he also managed an off-licence in Stacksteads without any problems.
Speaking after the hearing, he said he would ‘almost certainly’ appeal the decision in court.
The 57-year-old said: “I don’t understand it. It’s beyond me. It’s not the building that breaks the law.
“I don’t see why I should be punished for past problems.”
Darren Reynolds, who represented Burnley Lane Residents’ Action Group at the meeting, said it was ‘the right outcome’.
He added: “Alcohol abuse affects children’s life chances. It destroys families and it destroys communities. This was absolutely the right outcome for our children and for this community.”
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