Bid to sell alcohol for longer is thrown out

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A SHOP’S bid to extend its alcohol licence has been rejected.

As previously reported, Best-One in Fratton Road, Fratton, Portsmouth, wanted to sell alcohol until 1.30am each day, rather than midnight.

It previously had a 24-hour licence, but complaints made by a residents’ association in 2008 caused Portsmouth City Council to make restrictions.

The council’s licensing committee has now met and decided to reject the proposal on the grounds that it could stir up anti-social behaviour.

Members also took into account that people’s lives have been improved since times were reduced.

Janet Maxwell, the council’s director of public health, was against the application and wrote a letter outlining her concerns.

Welcoming the decision, she said: ‘I was pleased that the decision was made not to extend the licensing hours beyond midnight.

‘This will be a relief to the local residents who were concerned about the noise and anti-social behaviour during the night getting worse again.

‘We have a responsibility to help reduce the detrimental effect of alcohol on our communities.’