24-hour booze licence for shop in Leeds’s student heartland rejected

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Plans for an around-the-clock booze selling permit for a shop in Leeds’s student heartland have been thrown out by licencing chiefs.

As reported in the YEP, bosses at One Stop in Hyde Park want to sell alcohol 24-hours a day including Christmas Day.

At its meeting yesterday, (Sept 1) a Leeds city council licencing panel rejected the application after it was presented with a 200-page dossier of evidence, including a raft of objections from local families.

Speakers against the application included the vicar of the local church, which sits next to the shop. Locals say the area is already rife with booze-fuelled crime and anti-social behaviour, and granting the round-the-clock licence would make things worse. West Yorkshire Police had also put in its own official objection.

Christine Towler, a Labour councillor for Hyde Park, had said in a letter to the panel ahead of Monday’s (Sept 1) meeting: “If granted, the increase in availability of alcohol would encourage anti-social behaviour in the area, which would impact on the many permanent residents who already suffer from [it].”

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