Off-licence gets the go-ahead for Boscombe food hall - despite refusal from council (From Bournemouth Echo)
When news happens text pix and video to 80360. Start your message with BE then leave a space.
Off-licence gets the go-ahead for Boscombe food hall - despite refusal from council
MAGISTRATES have overruled Bournemouth council and given the go-ahead to an off-licence in Boscombe Crescent.
The town’s licensing board refused Taner Altun permission to sell alcohol from the Crescent Food Hall, claiming it could increase anti-social behaviour and undermine their attempts to regenerate Boscombe.
But magistrates did not agree and granted Mr Altun a premises licence. Their judgement, made following a two-day hearing, also criticised two council officers – senior licensing officer Sarah Rogers who they said “lacked substance” and was “unprepared” and head of community regeneration Sue Bickler who “failed to impress the court”.
Although the shop is in a cumulative impact area, which means there is a presumption that licences will be refused, magistrates pointed out that crime and anti-social behaviour started falling at a time when the previous off-licence was in operation.
They said the statistical data provided by the police “did not go far enough and was not clear” and their ruling concluded: “We are persuaded by the conditions outlined in the application that the premises will be well-run and of benefit to the local community.”
The case was handled for Mr Altun by local licensing solicitor, Philip Day.
Cllr Andrew Morgan, chairman of the licensing board, said: “We are disappointed that the magistrates chose not to uphold the council’s decision to refuse the premise’s licence for Crescent Food Hall.
“We made the decision based on the evidence put in front of us at the time. It was made in good faith and for the interests of the public.
“We felt that by approving the application it would have had a detrimental impact on our key objectives of reducing alcohol related crime and disorder and anti-social behaviour in this part of Boscombe.”
Comments are closed on this article.