Concerns over changing alcohol sales will lead to problem drinkers in Kensington

A request from an off-license Liverpool to sell smaller bottles of alcohol will ‘attract street drinkers’, it has been claimed.

Plans have been submitted to Liverpool Council’s Licensing and Gaming Sub-Committee for Sun Market on Prescot Road, L7, to amend its liquor license to allow for extended sales and the supply of bottles of spirits under 70cl. The application was filed by Mustafa Pouryan and will be considered by the local authority on June 22.

Currently, Mr. Pouryan’s business must not store, display or sell bottles smaller than 70cl and can only sell alcohol between noon and 9 p.m. According to the suggested changes, Sun Market would seek to trade from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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The proposals, which are located in the Kensington and Fairfield wards, were met with concern by the three councilors representing the area. In a representation made alongside the request, Cllrs Liam Robinson, Wendy Simon and Sue Walker said they had concerns about such changes given that “alcohol crime is unfortunately increasing in the area a again after the pandemic”. They said: ‘The premises are in an area with a high level of street drinking and at the heart of a public space protection ordinance which prohibits street drinking.

“Selling bottles of spirits under 70cl attracts street drinkers and risks creating further problems with this acute problem in the region. There are a number of supportive housing units in the area that house alcohol addicts, the number of which has only increased due to short-term housing during the pandemic in very close proximity.

“With alcohol-related crime sadly on the rise once again in the region post-pandemic, the reintroduction of a cumulative impact assessment is under consideration.” No representations opposing the plans had been made by the licensing authority, Merseyside Police or Trading Standards.

However, councilors raised other questions they had about the possibility of increased waste. They said: ‘There is great concern over the potential for litter and discarded bottles in the area due to the problem of street drinking, particularly due to an abandoned site very close to the back of the property and the potential for more rubbish and rubbish to accumulate here as well.

The plans will be reviewed by the subcommittee’s three-member panel next month.

Veronica J. Snell