Anger as Rowlands Castle petrol station gets alcohol licence

CONCERNED Marge Harvey
CONCERNED Marge Harvey

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RESIDENTS are considering appealing a decision to allow a petrol station to sell alchohol.

The Shell service station, in Whichers Gate Road, Rowlands Castle, has been given permission by East Hampshire District Council to sell alcohol from 6am to 10pm seven days a week.

Rowlands Castle Parish Council and local district councillor Marge Harvey strongly opposed the move, but the council’s licensing committee deemed alcohol could be sold as long as strict rules, such as staff training and CCTV surveillance, were adhered to. Cllr Harvey said residents were considering whether to appeal the decision.

She said: ‘People in Durrants Road and Whichers Gate Road already have problems with beer cans being thrown into their gardens as people walk back to Leigh Park. We have big problems on Havant Thicket with anti-social behaviour.

‘These alcohol sales will also be across the road from the school. The council says the pub is next to the school, but that is policed all the time. This will not be policed all the time.’

The issue will be discussed at a planning meeting of the parish council at the Small Parish Hall in Links Lane at 7pm on Monday.