NEIGHBOURS living close to a shopping parade on Uxbridge Road are fearful that another off licence will bring more street drinkers to their road.
People from Warley Road and surrounding streets have made their feelings clear about a new convenience store’s bid for a late alcohol licence.
Warley Road Food and Wine, a new shop due to open at the bottom of Warley Road at the junction with Uxbridge Road, want to remain open and sell alcohol between 8am-midnight throughout the week.
Sixty-four people have signed a petition calling on the council to reject the bid, arguing that it would lead to the area becoming a ‘hotspot’ for anti-social behaviour, attract late-night drinkers, and cause a nuisance to neighbours.
They also point out that the neighbourhood is served by Hayes News and Booze, two doors away, and a further five stores around the corner in Belmore Parade, along Uxbridge Road, Hayes.
One unnamed resident said in a letter to the council that the prospect of another off licence near his home was ‘scary’, and added: “Not only do we have a problem with several people at night getting drunk, making noise and littering the area, we also can’t walk around this are without these people [who stand around and drink] harassing you for money.”
Ian Wares, Hillingdon Police’s licensing officer, also made a representation stating that the business is located in a ‘difficult crime area’, and could be challenging to run.
He recommends that if the council decide to grant a licence, a series of measures should be agreed and enforced to ensure potential trouble is limited.
These measures relate to staff during the evenings, the position of the till and of alcohol being sold, and maintaining the store’s CCTV.
The application will be decided upon at a licensing hearing being held at the civic centre, in High Street, Uxbridge, on Wednesday next week at 2pm.Has a store with a late alcohol licence near your home ruined your peace?