Rowlands Castle garage’s alcohol licence case is adjourned

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A COURT ruling over whether a service station should be allowed to sell alcohol will be decided next month.

After two days of evidence and examination, Fareham magistrates adjourned the case brought to court by Rowlands Castle Parish Council.

As previously reported, the appeal was lodged against a decision by East Hampshire District Council to grant an alcohol licence to Shell garage in Whichers Gate Road, Rowlands Castle.

Shell was granted the licence at a council hearing last year and is allowed to sell alcohol every day from 6am to 10pm.

But the decision caused anger in the village as many believe it could encourage drink-driving and anti-social behaviour.

The parish council argues the vast majority of people use the station to buy petrol – and not to buy food and drink.

By law, premises mainly used as a garage cannot sell alcohol. The case resumes on July 18.