Alcohol licence granted to Charminster store despite fears over street drinking (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Alcohol licence granted to Charminster store despite fears over street drinking
12:00pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
A CHARMINSTER store was granted an alcohol licence last Thursday despite fears it could encourage street drinking and other antisocial behaviour.
Both local residents and Dorset Police argued against granting the licence for the Fiveways Convenience Store, which will open in the former Bodrum Kebab House in Charminster Road, as it is in the local cumulative impact area – where there is a presumption against licensing.
A previous application by store owner Zeynal Kiskanc was turned down in January as councillors were concerned about his ability to meet licensing objectives due to his poor English, however the new application set his more fluent brother Yuksel as designated premises supervisor.
The licensing board said they were now satisfied the store would be run responsibly, and they didn’t want a derelict shop on a key route into the town.
At the meeting, chairman Andrew Morgan said: “You have a responsibility to run a business in a responsible way, and you have to get this right from the first time you sell alcohol.
“If people get the impression you are a soft touch they will target your store and bring you trouble.
“We are confident you can do it and wish you success.”
Yuksel Kiskanc already runs a grocery store in Westbourne, while Zeynal runs a restaurant in Boscombe.
At the meeting Julia Palmer, representing the family, challenged the police evidence that issuing a licence would cause more drink-related antisocial behaviour, noting that only one incident had been recorded in the immediate area over the last year.
She also asked police whether the existing Best One convenience store over the road had attracted any complaints, and local beat officer Gareth Gosling confirmed it hadn’t.
The licence was granted with several conditions agreed by police, including restricting alcohol sales to between 9am and 11pm, no external alcohol advertising and no sales of individual cans and bottles, or of high strength, high volume drinks.
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