PLANS to sell alcohol at a village service station have been given the green-light, despite concerns that this will increase crime.
Villagers had written to protest against the application by Widney Service Station, in Widney Road, Knowle.
Letters to Solihull Council said there had already been several break-ins at the premises and problems with youths gathering on the forecourt.
Allowing the garage to sell alcohol would make matters worse, residents claimed.
Janet and Derick Cottell, who live nearby, told the council there was already an issue with “yobbish” behaviour.
“We have suffered five broken windows, one broken car windscreen and various other damage to our property.
“Litter has been an ongoing problem, as has general rowdy behaviour, often fuelled by alcohol.”
Jean Wheeler said that the license would increase the likelihood of robberies at the Esso station.
Despite these fears, the licensing committee granted approval on Monday night.