Tower Hamlets families block plans for liquor licence
NEIGHBOURS are celebrating a victory after their local authority rejected plans for a store selling booze on their doorstep. Shopkeeper Juber Alam was hoping to get the go-ahead to sell booze at his store in Watney Street Market, but his application was thrown out
NEIGHBOURS are celebrating a victory after their local authority rejected plans for a store selling booze on their doorstep.
Shopkeeper Juber Alam was hoping to get the go-ahead at his Express Mart in Shadwell's Watney Street Market in London's East End.
But Tower Hamlets council was inundated with petitions from nearby residents who feared another off-licence in the area could trigger a rise in under-age drinking and yob behaviour on the streets.
The Asian Muslim Cultural Association in Shadwell wrote to the Town Hall protesting that a liquor licence could cause Muslim youngsters who are forbiden alcohol to turn to drink.
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Mr Alam insisted he would have CCTV and trained staff in the shop to keep the premises secure.
But the council's licensing sub committee this week rejected his application.
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