STREET drinking problems could increase if an alcohol licence is granted to another shop, a councillor has warned.
Fears over drinking in the street and related anti-social behaviour have been raised after an application was lodged for a licence to sell alcohol at a premises at 21-23 Chester Street.
Flint councillor Ian Roberts lodged his objections to the application, submitted by MDM Trans Ltd for a vacant building.
In a letter published in the agenda for the meeting of Flintshire Council’s licensing sub-committee on Monday at 2pm, Cllr Roberts writes: “I am of the opinion this area already has enough shops licensed to sell alcohol.
“There are five within a short distance and this will contribute further to the problems that are apparent in the area of street drinking.
“Indeed there is a massive public nuisance caused by the consumption of alcohol in the alleyway to the rear of this proposed location off Lower Sydney Street which has had to be cleared up by officers of the council’s Streetscene and has been the subject of site meetings between myself, council officers and the police. I am also concerned about the potential for disorder in the area caused by this nuisance.”
Objections to the application to sell alcohol between 7am and 10pm have also been raised by North Wales Police.
Ann Williams, eastern licensing officer at North Wales Police, writes: “North Wales Police raise concern to the number of off-licence premises situated within 100 yards of each other.
“The town of Flint has been subject of alcohol related anti-social behaviour, which in turn has had a detrimental effect on the residents, local businesses and also posed a drain on police resources.
“It is believed that the granting of this licence may result in an increase in further incidents of crime and disorder.”
In the letter, North Wales Police lists a set of conditions which it feels should be added if the licence is approved. These include a digital, colour, hard disc CCTV system to be installed and be operational while the store is open; recordings are kept for a minimum of 28 days; and staff are trained and available to download CCTV footage at the request of police or local authority representatives.
The applicant has included a list of steps intended to prevent problems with anti-social behaviour. These include CCTV surveillance, fitting a panic alarm, a security roller shutter and a policy to challenge anyone looking under-25 to prove they are old enough to buy alcohol.
It is planned the store would sell ‘Polish alcohol sales only’ if a licence is granted.