10/08/07 – Residents pumped up by Esso booze bid
First printed in the Swindon Advertiser on 10th Agusut 2007
TWO mums have vowed to do all they can to stop a garage near their homes obtaining a 24-hour alcohol license.
Kim Harz and Geraldine Brant, who have both written to Swindon Council with their concerns, believe that residents in Nythe would face anti-social behaviour and littering if the Esso garage in Dorcan Way gets its way.
The site is covered with rubble at the moment, but owners Exxon Mobil have asked for a 24-hour licence to sell alcohol and food at the refurbished premises.
Mum Geraldine, 41, lives in nearby Blakeney Avenue and strongly objects to another retailer selling alcohol.
She said: “We contacted our local councillors with six main issues about the application.
“Obviously we don’t want it to be open 24 hours a day, because people will buy alcohol and drink late at night.
“The increase in late sales is sure to lead to noise pollution, littering and anti-social behaviour.
“Its location next to the children’s play area is only going to increase the likelihood of broken glass, vandalism, and inappropriate behaviour. That must be a risk for young children playing nearby, which will be exacerbated by traffic going to and from the garage by foot and car.”
Kim, another mum who lives next to the garage, said: “There will be an increased risk of property damage and the chance of under-age drinking if they get permission.
“This is all happening already there and we don’t need any more.
“There must be enough alcohol on sale anyway within Nythe, Covingham and the Parks.”
Ward councillor Glenn Smith confirmed that the objections from residents had triggered a licensing committee meeting, scheduled to take place in mid-September.
Coun Smith (Con, Covingham and Nythe) said: “There will be a meeting in about five weeks’ time to discuss the application.
“An application has been submitted for the sale of alcohol and food 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
“I have to say I am personally against it as it will cause a noise nuisance and increase anti-social behaviour.”
Fellow Covingham councillor Dale Heenan labelled the application a “disgrace”. He added that the garage had submitted a total of 18 different applications to sell alcohol since 1990 and all had been rejected.
Esso were contacted on the licence application, but at time of going to press were not available for comment.