Concerns after Portsmouth shop is granted alcohol licence

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A POLISH food store has been granted an alcohol licence – despite fears from residents about anti-social behaviour.

Maya Delicatessen, in Fratton Road, Portsmouth, has been permitted to sell alcohol from 8am-10pm Monday to Saturday and from 10am-8pm on Sundays.

The premises, which is due to open soon, will have the same opening hours.

Les Stevens, chairman of Portsmouth City Council’s licensing sub-committee, said people’s concerns weren’t anything to do with the licensing objectives.

The sub-committee consider whether an application would have an impact only on crime, public safety, public nuisance and the protection of children.

He said the licence holder, Katarzyna Muszczynska, had a good track record and as it was a new shop, there was no history of trouble. Cllr Stevens said: ‘It was approved, there was no problem with it at all.

‘The designated premises supervisor has held a licence for another premises in North End, and has been as good as gold so there really was no reason to reject.

‘It’s not a cheap alcohol sort of place, there’s a lot of polish food.’

But Kevin Bannister, of Fratton Road, said he was concerned yet another shop selling alcohol in the area would just lead to more trouble.

In a letter to the council, he said: ‘I am concerned that the sale of alcohol will increase anti-social behaviour within the vicinity of my home.

‘Furthermore, there are already many establishments selling alcohol in close proximity and I do not see the need for another outlet.’

Marian Stone, of Garnier Street, Landport, said: ‘Having lived in the vicinity of Fratton Road, and along with other residents in the area, we have had our lives severely disrupted and borne the brunt of disgusting behaviour as a result of the sale of alcohol.

‘We do not see the need for another shop who profits are being led by alcohol sales. This is unfair and takes no account of the effect it will eventually have, on people’s lives and the right to live a peaceful life.’

There will be CCTV, staff training and a challenge 25 alcohol sale policy at Maya Delicatessen.

Beers and ciders stronger than 6.5 per cent will not be sold.

Ms Muszczynska was unavailable for comment.