Armley politicians are objecting to a new off-licence on Armley Ridge Road amid concerns about anti-social behaviour in the area.
Councillors Alice Smart, Lou Cunningham and Jim McKenna (all lab) have been joined by Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves in objecting to an application for a new premises licence. Cllr Smart said:
“Armley has serious longstanding problems with street drinking and anti-social behavior. These issues are exacerbated by the high volume of off-licenses in the area. As local representatives, we are frequently told by residents that they want to see a reduction in the number of off-licenses in Armley town centre.
“We also know that many residents feel unsafe shopping in Armley because of the prevalence of street drinking, crime and anti-social behavior. All of these problems are heightened by the excessive availability of cheap alcohol.
“A great deal of work has been done by the local councillors, MP, police and local residents to address the issues around street drinking and anti-social behavior. Having yet another licensed premises on Armley would only intensify these problems and increase the number of people who feel unsafe shopping in Armley.
“If you feel the same, I urge you to object to application PREM/04584/001.”