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Polish off-licence in New Hall Lane to face licence review

Posted on - 16th April, 2018 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Fishwick, Food & Drink, Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News
The Krakow store in New Hall Lane Pic: Google
The Krakow store in New Hall Lane Pic: Google

A Polish off-licence in the city is facing being stripped of its ability to sell alcohol and cigarettes.

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Lancashire County council’s Trading Standards department has asked for the licence of Krakow Delicatessen Sklep in New Hall Lane to be looked at.

The shop is close to the junction with London Road and has held a licence since January 2014.

Trading Standards claim the owners are not doing enough to prevent crime and disorder in the area and have also been caught selling illicit tobacco products ten times since June 2015.

A report to Preston City Council’s licensing sub-committee lists details of each of the offences.

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Lancashire Police have supported the application to review the licence of Krakow.

PC Julie Stewart, who is responsible for licensing at Preston Police, details a number of incidents where police have been called to the shop.

She states: “In addition to these incidents, local policing teams regularly patrol the park and car park area across the road from this premise.

“On street European drinkers congregate in this area after purchasing alcohol from the shop and whilst under the influence of alcohol cause anti-social behaviour including noise nuisance, littering and urinating.”

She also details how the shop was caught selling alcohol to a 16-year-old in a test purchase by police. The youth was able to buy four cans of Lech lager.

Preston City Council’s environmental health team have also raised concerns about the off-licence.

Senior environmental health officer Ian Massey has submitted a dossier outlining the problems in the area where he says the prevention of public nuisance is not being met.

He writes: “There’s excessive littering from empty Eastern European lager and beer cans in the nearby vicinity, originating from the above premises.”

Some of the litter found near to Rosebud Park off London Road/New Hall Lane
Some of the litter found near to Rosebud Park off London Road/New Hall Lane

One email from the parks and cleaning manager Steve Lawson says his team are concerned about the increasing amount of litter in the area and ‘the human faeces that is also accumulating there’.

Mr Massey’s evidence also has correspondence with the Estates and Facilities Manager Rifat Ali of the nearby Eden Boys School.

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He has written to the city council to complain about the litter, anti-social behaviour and street drinking on the benches off London Road and New Hall Lane.

The benches where street drinkers congregate
The benches where street drinkers congregate

Krakow can currently sell alcohol for consumption off the premises from 7am to 11pm each day of the week.

The shop is owned by Dobre Polskie Smaki Ltd and its designated premises supervisor is listed as Mustafa Pouryan.

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The city council states it had an application on 4 April to transfer the premises licence to Pol Smak Ltd and make the designated premises supervisor Dier Kakamala.

Councillors will meet on Wednesday 9 May to discuss the licence for Krakow and decide whether it should keep its licence, have conditions changed or attached, or be stripped of its licence.

A council spokeswoman confirmed the hearing on May 9 was adjourned and no date has yet been set for a new hearing.

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