East Leeds chippy wants midnight alcohol permission

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A fish and chip shop in east Leeds wants permission from Leeds City Council to sell alcohol every day until midnight.

Council licensing chiefs will meet in the new year to discuss an application from Ivy Mount Fisheries in Richmond Hill to sell alcohol from midday to midnight, with additional permissions to sell hot food until midnight.

The applicant claimed this would only cover “one-off” late openings, and that alcohol would only be sold as part of a takeaway meal, while proper age checks would be in place.

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But a letter signed by the ward’s three councillors claims the area has become “saturated” by shops selling alcohol, often around the clock.

Ivy Mount Fisheries wants permission to sell alcohol.Ivy Mount Fisheries wants permission to sell alcohol.
Ivy Mount Fisheries wants permission to sell alcohol.

It stated: “Ivy Mount Fisheries is at the heart of a densely packed residential neighbourhood which already has high levels of antisocial behaviour.

“Numerous residents have talked to us as ward councillors about their experiences of drink related antisocial behaviour and violence on their doorstep. This behaviour led to damage to property, broken glass, urine and worse left on pavements outside of people’s homes.”

Another letter from a member of the public stated: “It’s bad enough with the young ones smoking dope and gathering on street corners whizzing up and down on motorbikes – just what we need a fish shop selling alcohol (sic).

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“Where will they put their empty cans? Not in a bin, that’s for sure more likely to kick them about the street or leave them in the middle of the road for a car to run over it.”

A letter from the applicant in response to the councillors’ letter read: “My application was submitted to cater for public demand.

“Customers of my shop expressed an interest in alcoholic beverages being sold alongside food both for deliveries and over the counter sales.

“Other salient points i would like to make are as follows: I have been a DPS for over 10 years and have held the responsibility of overseeing the running

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of a bar in Bradford and also a licensed take away in County Durham.

“Therefore I have many years of responsible and successful sale of alcoholic beverages to the public without any objections.

“My alcohol application was for customers who order a food delivery or over the counter sales only and not for alcohol sales alone. This service was to allow customers to order alcohol with their takeaway, which is a service local off licenses are unable to provide therefore complimenting rather than duplicating a service.

“The variety of alcohol to be sold will not include alcopops or cider which tend to attract younger people.”

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He added that, although the applied hours were until midnight, the takeaway only typically opened until 8pm on Monday to Thursday, and that the midnight time would only cover future one-off openings. The takeaway also committed to a challenge 25 policy, incident register and up to date CCTV system.

Leeds City Council’s licensing sub-committee will meet on Tuesday, January 5 to discuss the application.