Wakefield city centre shop in drink ban zone given booze licence

Bus Station News, 2-4 Union Street, Wakefield.'Granted a drinks licence.'w318a329
Bus Station News, 2-4 Union Street, Wakefield.'Granted a drinks licence.'w318a329

A newsagent’s near Wakefield Bus Station has been granted a licence to sell alcohol – despite objections by the police.

Bus Station News, on Union Street, will be allowed to sell bottles and cans between 8am and 8pm after a decision by Wakefield Council.

Police objected to the plans after concerns about drunk people causing anti-social behaviour in an area where drinking in public has been banned because of trouble in the past.

The newsagent, which is next to Bolands Bar, previously held an alcohol licence but had to re-apply when it was taken over by new owners.

Insp Richard Close, of the Central neighbourhood police team, said: “The city centre is already at saturation point with licensed premises. Residents and visitors simply do not need any more choice or locations to buy alcohol from.

“This premise has previously sold alcohol for a long time under the old management which may have contributed to the anti-social behaviour in the area.

“In my opinion, the city didn’t need another licensed premise, however we now have some effective conditions which will ensure that anti-social behaviour is kept to a minimum and the residents of the city see no further impact upon the daytime or night time economies.”

The owners of the shop, Ayman Ltd, had applied to sell alcohol between 6am and 11pm every day but this was rejected by the committee.

Bernadette Livesey, Wakefield Council’s service director legal and governance, said: “This decision was approved this week by the Licensing Sub Committee under the Licensing Act 2003, subject to certain conditions being met.

“These include the installation of CCTV and the training of shop staff.

“The alcohol exclusion zone in this area applies to alcohol consumption in the designated public space and does not cover the sale of alcohol.

“Alcohol exclusion zones are made under a different Act and are not factor in this decision.”

To contact the Central NPT, call 101.