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A LICENCE to sell alcohol until 11pm at a supermarket to be built in Balsall Common has been granted by Solihull Council.

A LICENCE to sell alcohol until 11pm at a supermarket to be built in Balsall Common has been granted by Solihull Council.

Sainsburys, who are due to build a 24 hour, seven days a week shop on Station Road, applied for a licence to sell alcohol from 6am to midnight.

A meeting of the Licensing Act Panel of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, last Thursday, July 15, granted the licence with restrictions, keeping trade of booze from 7am to 11pm, Monday to Sunday.

The supermarket has not been built yet, but an application for planning was approved in August 2008, which includes 14 apartments with parking.

Ahead of the application, West Midlands Police expressed concerns following complaints from residents about intimidation and threats from youths, litter and underage drinking in the village.

The Environmental Monitoring team of Solihull council objected on the grounds it would disturb people in the flats and other neighbours.

Eleven objections were made from residents, Caroline Spelman MP and Balsall and Berkswell Parish Councils.

Nineteen other letters and emails were received which included comments about how the granting of the licence may adversely impact on village life and other alcohol outlets.

Alcohol is available from the Co-Op and Michael’s Drinks World until 10pm.

 

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