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‘Chaos’ warning as Fulwood garage’s 24-hour booze bid draws closer

Posted on - 29th August, 2016 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Food & Drink, Fulwood, Preston News
The Co-Op store in Fulwood has begun trading again for an interim period

The Co-Op store in Fulwood has begun trading again for an interim period

Late night sales of alcohol at a petrol station in Fulwood have met objections from neighbours,.

15 letters stating their dismay at a plan by the former Co-Op store in Garstang Road to extend their hours have landed in Preston City Council’s inbox.

Rontec Watford Limited, the site’s new owners, have applied to operate 24 hours and sell booze during this time along with late night refreshments from 11pm to 5am. The application is for seven days a week.

Nearby homeowners have expressed their unhappiness with the proposal.

One writes: “The premises previously held a 24 hour licence. As the neighbour to this premises we had to endure countless episodes of rodiness and shouting in the early hours of the morning on most nights of the week.

“This was combined with the excessive revving of engines from cars as the owners demonstrated to their friends how illegal and loud their exhausts and stereo systems were.

“This was often combined with the said car owners wheel spinning their cars off the garage forecourt once they had their provisions, some even graced us with a complimentary doughnut before they left!

“Since this licence was revoked the premises has been able to sell alcohol until closing time at 11pm. We have seldom had any disturbances this since was the case and have been able to reside in relative harmony with our neighbour.

“The granting of such a 24 hour licence will simply act once more as a magnet, predominantly to groups of under-30s fuelling up on alcohol for whatever nocturnal activities they have planned or whichever raves or parties they are going to. Once more our evenings will be sporadically thrown into chaos.”

A licensing sub-committee hearing is to be held at Preston Town Hall on Monday 12 September from 11am to consider the application.

The garage is continuing to operate as a Co-Op after a legal wrangle has delayed its change into a Spar store.

Do you live nearby? Do you use the store? What do you think of the plans? Let us know in the comments below

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