Leeds funeral firm fighting gym boss’s booze licence bid

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A LEEDS gym and karate club owners’s application for a licence to sell alcohol is facing opposition from a funeral company.

Michael Tattersall, who runs Leeds Premier Fitness Centre on the first floor of a building at the corner of Selby Road and Hollyshaw Lane, Whitkirk, has applied to Leeds City Council for a premises licence.

The Co-operative Funeralcare, which operates a funeral home directly below the gym on the ground floor of the building, is opposing the application.

The application was due to be considered at today’s meeting of Leeds City Council’s licensing sub committee.

In a letter to Leeds City Council, a Co-operative Estates representative stated: “We wish to object on the grounds that selling alcohol on the premises will cause disturbance to staff and customers at our premises by virtue of additional customer numbers and noise.”

Mr Tattersall told the YEP: “I want more people to come to my premises to use my gym. The alcohol is just and extra part of it.

“I don’t want it like a pub, where people just walk in off the street. It would be for functions primarily.”

He added: “My busy times are when they are closed. I don’t see how it is going to affect them.”