26/07/07 – Store faces losing its licence
First printed in the Swindon Advertiser 26th July 2007.
Cllr Phil Young (Left), Cllr Glenn Smith (Centre), Cllr Dale Heenan (Right)
A SHOP accused of attracting troublemakers by selling alcohol to children could face losing its licence.
Residents have written to their local councillors complaining about the Nythe Mini Market in Sherborne Place.
Now an application to review the shop’s licence will go before the licensing committee at a public meeting in the Civic Offices on Tuesday.
Committee papers state: “The application has been triggered by allegations that young people under 18 have been drawn to the area by the prospect of being able to obtain alcohol directly or indirectly from the shop, and that once there they have engaged in anti-social behaviour.”
Coun Glenn Smith (Con, Covingham and Nythe) says people in the area have had enough.
“It stems from a public meeting we had in November where we wanted to talk to the residents about the rising crime and anti-social behaviour,” he said.
“We had 100 people and it was clear that people believed the mini market was selling to underage kids and acting as a magnet for all the problems in the area.
“Kids are coming knowing they can buy alcohol directly themselves or convince adults going in, and that, according to residents, is happening quite blatantly.”
The application to review the licence has been submitted by Coun Smith and Coun Phil Young (Con, Covingham and Nythe) on behalf of a number of residents.
The panel could reject the application, change the shop’s hours or revoke its licence.
The Stratton Outlook has submitted 113 slips to the committee signed by readers calling for the shop to have an 8pm limit on selling booze.
But because the wording is not relevant to the licensing objectives they will have no bearing on the hearing.
There are also 20 letters which have been sent to local councillors complaining about the shop.
Coun Smith said: “Hopefully the licensing committee will look at the review request and do something about it.
“The committee will look at the evidence and work out if there’s a case to do a review and possibly impose restrictions on the way that they do business.
“We are not looking for them to be shut down. All we want is, if they have been selling alcohol to underage people, for them to stop it.
“We want to send the message that under 18s can’t buy booze here.
“We are trying to let our residents have a quiet and peaceful life. If we can achieve that through this process then that’s fantastic.”
The shop’s licensee Arumugam Raveendra was not available for comment.