A plea to stop a planned Co-op store in Donnington from becoming a ‘troublespot’ by restricting alcohol sales failed to get the support of Chichester district councillors.
The district’s licensing and gambling acts sub-committee agreed to grant an application for alcohol sales from 8am to 11pm every day, and opening hours from 6am to 11pm at the store, to be established at the site of the former Selsey Tram pub in Stockbridge Road.
There were fears from Donnington Parish Council that making alcohol available late at night seven days a week would result in the store becoming a ‘troublespot’. It urged that alcohol sales should be restricted to 8am to 6pm.
During the sub-committee meeting last Friday, resident Eric Padley said a lot of elderly people lived in the area.
“We don’t want a focal point for rowdy behaviour, particularly late at night, which we think will happen if this application is approved,” he added.
“None of us have objected to the principle of the application – what we have objected to is the hours of opening.”
The sub-committee’s decision is however subject to a series of conditions agreed by the applicants with the police, which include installation of CCTV, maintenance of an age and restricted sales ‘refusal book’, and training for staff in the law and their responsibilities prior to selling alcohol.
John Wallsgrove, representing Southern Co-operatives Ltd, said the company operated more than 150 convenience stores across the south coast region.
He told the sub-committee all staff would be trained on a one-to-one basis on policies, processes and the law.
A full colour digital CCTV system would have external and internal cameras, including one directed into the area where alcohol was displayed.
Donnington Parish Council was unanimous in opposing the application for the hours stated. Chairman Cllr Anne Scicluna said if disturbance or anti-social behaviour occurred, a review of the licence would be available to any objectors.