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Green light for Armley convenience store to sell alcohol seven days a week

Licensing chiefs have approved an application to sell alcohol from a convenience store in Armley.

David Timothy Dodson wants to sell alcohol from the No Problem Convenience Store on Armley Ridge Road and had applied to Leeds City Council for a licence to sell alcohol on Monday to Thursday from 8am to 9pm, Friday 8am to 10pm, Saturday 9am to 10pm and Sunday 9am to 9pm.

A previous application had been refused by the council’s licensing sub-committee in October 2020 and Armley ward councillors had opposed the latest application on the grounds of public nuisance caused by street drinkers and the number of off licences around the Armley Town Street area.

But Leeds City Council’s licensing sub-committee heard the applicant’s representative June Clarke, of JMC Licensing Consultants, say the allegation that illegal drinkers congregate on Armley Moor was not relevant to this application, as the Moor was some distance away from the premises and street drinking was not illegal. 

Mrs Clarke said 20 letters of support had been received, the vast majority coming from customers who lived locally and who considered Mr Dodson to be a well-respected and valued member of the community.

The committee voted to approve the application for an alcohol licence.

The meeting agenda and council papers can be viewed here.

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