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Anger sparked by booze plan

An angry Castle Bromwich councillor has slammed a round-the-clock petrol station’s plans to extend the hours it can sell booze.

An angry Castle Bromwich councillor has slammed a round-the-clock petrol station’s plans to extend the hours it can sell booze.

Solihull Council’s planning committee last month gave permission for a 24 hour operation at Total Services, Chester Road, despite concerns over an increase in noise and anti social behaviour.

Coun Ted Richards (Con, Castle Bromwich) opposed the proposal following fears noise from customers’ cars would disturb residents of nearby retirement complex, Chestnut Court.

He said: “The planning committee allowing the petrol station to operate 24 hours a day has paved the way for them to apply for this extended alcohol license. I am not happy and the residents of Chestnut Court are not happy.”

Total Services has applied to Solihull Council’s licensing committee for a variation in its license to sell alcohol from 6am to 5am, alongside hot food and refreshments. At present, alcohol can be sold from 6am to 11pm.

“I am concerned about a potential increase in anti social behaviour and the affect this will have on the residents of Chestnut Court,” Coun Richards added.

“It is not just going to be the drivers who are buying the alcohol at these times. This will attract a lot more people at unsociable hours.”

The licensing application is open to public consultation until March 10.

David Bell, chairman of the planning committee, added: “The planning committee decided that 24 hour petrol sales was not a decision they thought could be defended on appeal for a garage on this main road. The licensing committee will have to decide on the sale of alcohol but the requirement for alcohol during the night would seem very different from the need to fill up with petrol.”

 

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