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Happy Shopper in Burnley seeks to regain alcohol licence
A FRESH bid is being made to restore an alcohol licence at a Burnley store which has been repeatedly punished for selling booze to under-age drinkers.
Pervaz Iqbal has pledged to give training to all staff members on responsible alcohol sales, ahead of re-opening an off licence at the Happy Shopper, in Briercliffe Road.
And he has told the borough council’s licen-sing department that he will install CCTV cameras to offer added security at the premises.
Mr Iqbal, of Fairfield Drive, Burnley, is not thought to be associated with the previous management at the premises.
But Jennifer Braddock, of Burnley Lane Residents’ Association, has lodged a formal protest over the bid at the premises, which was the subject of three alcohol sales bans in 2009 and 2010.
Opposing the move, Mrs Braddock said: “The area already suffers from a high level of anti-social behaviour, much of which is fuelled by alcohol.
“There are many young famililes and a youth club in the area. There are groups of young people who congregate around the area and back streets, causing upset and distress to local residents.
“Before this shop had their licence revoked some time ago, the area consistently suffered from a high level of people roaming through the streets causing havoc.”
The borough council’s licensing sub-committee is set to consider the Happy Shopper application next Tuesday, at Burnley Town Hall.
No objections have so far been received to the bid from Lancashire Police’s licensing department.
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