An application by an Armley shop owner to change the hours he can sell alcohol has been withdrawn following concerns by police, councillors and the local MP.
Mr Shamil Khalil runs Armley Food Centre in Town Street and wanted to change the hours he sells alcohol to the earlier time of 8am to 10pm daily. Mr Khalil currently has a licence for 9am to 11pm.
But the application for new hours was withdrawn before councillors sitting on Leeds council’s licensing sub-committee were due to decide whether to approve or reject it.
Mr Khalil had originally applied for a licence to sell alcohol between 7am and 1am daily but has reduced the proposed new hours following the objections. The application had a number of operating conditions attached, including CCTV operation and a Check 25 policy on under-age drinking.
Even with the reduced hours, his application was opposed by police, Leeds West MP and all three Armley councillors.
They argued the Town Street area is subject to a cumulative impact policy, which limits new licensing applications due to ongoing problems with street drinking and anti-social behaviour in the area.
The licensing sub-committee papers and agenda can be read here.