Fears over new Portsmouth booze delivery service

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DESPITE ‘serious concerns’ raised by the police a new alcohol delivery service has been given the go-ahead in Portsmouth.

Dial a Drink will provide booze on demand to customers from 9pm to 6am seven days a week.

On the application submitted to the council its address is listed as a shipping container in the Yard Reception, in Old Yard Road, Farlington.

It was granted a premises licence by Portsmouth City Council’s licensing sub-committee, even though Hampshire Constabulary said it was unhappy with the application.

Concerns included the training of staff, the lack of a dedicated CCTV system, the risk of crime and the large amounts of cash and stock potentially carried by its couriers.

In his report to the committee PC Brian Swallow, from the licensing team, wrote: ‘The police have serious concerns over some areas of the application.’

But the owner of business, Jamie White, told the committee he would comply with the officer’s requests for employees to wear body-mounted CCTV cameras, have personal licences, and carry less money and stock.

Mr White said: ‘I am relieved we received a licence because this was the only thing stopping me from trading.’

Committee chairman Les Stevens said: ‘The police objected but they also put in a lot of conditions and Mr White did everything he could to comply.’

Licensing officer PC Keith Hall said: ‘We looked at the application from a police perspective to determine whether or not the applicant could prove he has a good understanding of the licensing objectives.

‘These are to prevent crime and disorder, maintain public safety, protect children from harm and prevent public nuisance.

‘On this occasion we did not find evidence that the applicant would be able to meet, promote or maintain those objectives and we presented our findings to the licensing committee.’

Mr White said he would be up and running by January.