West Leeds: SOS plea over plans for Farsley alcohol licence

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An application for an alcohol licence for a west Leeds post office branch is to be considered next week.

The owner of the branch in Farsley Town Street has applied to sell booze from 6.30am to 10.30pm every day.

West Yorkshire Police had expressed concerns, but withdrew its objections after an agreement was reached over new CCTV and signs pointing out that there is a DPPO - a drinking in public ban - in place in the surrounding area.

However there have also been some objections from locals concerned about a possible increase in alcohol-fuelled trouble if the licence is granted.

One letter writer, quoted in the application dossier, said: “We have enough outlets selling alcohol in the village of Farsley.

“We already have issues with anti-social behaviour from teenagers in the area loitering and drinking in the park

“I feel that this proposal would provide somewhere else for them to congregate.

“I am all for local business, but this proposal is not in the best interests of the community.”

Another objector writes: “Farsley has already had its fair share of anti social behaviour and this will not help. Please do not spoil what we have in Farsley.”

A Leeds City Council panel will debate the application on Tuesday, April 7.