SCCRAG Objection to West Street Off-licence

30-12-2016: SCCRAG has submitted a comprehensive objection to the latest application to Licensing Committee for a new off-licence at 111 West Street at the junction  with Rockingham Lane. This would be the 6th outlet for cheap, strong alcohol in a short stretch of West Street.

In June 2016 SCCRAG opposed the application for a 5th off-licence, this one at 218 West Street, but it was nodded through by Licensing Committee with the view that the many objections raised failed to meet the Committee interpretation of the Licencing Act 2003.

As a consequence SCCRAG pointed out that the Council has the powers to develop a Cumulative Impact Policy (CIP), which in turn can lead to the creation of an Alcohol Exclusion Zone. After some pressure, the Chair of Licensing agreed to this strategy.

However the initiative soon stalled and, despite emails from SCCRAG asking about progress on the CIP, there were no replies. In December, this application for 111 West Street was published …and the City Council STILL has no policy in place to limit the numbers.

Here is SCCRAG’s objection to the latest application 

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This is our response to this failure of the Council to protect residents and local businesses from the serious problems of anti-social behaviour by drugaholics on West Street.