Twenty-five letters of objection have been submitted against an application to serve alcohol form a shop on Armley Town Street.
Mr Kaewan Salam Hamarashed wants his shop at 6-8 Town Street to sell alcohol from Monday to Saturday, 10am-12pm and Sunday 10am to 9pm.
He says he will operate CCTV and a register of customers who appear to be under the age of 18 and has reduced the number of hours he has applied for.
Councillors sitting on Leeds City Council’s licensing sub-committee will decide the application next Tuesday
But local residents, councillors and Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves have raised concerns over public nuisance, crime and disorder and public safety.
West Yorkshire Police have also objected, criticising ‘scant’ details in the application. They wrote: “The application is similar to, and in some cases, exceeds the hours of operating with a licence for the sale of alcohol for consumption off the premises in the area.
“It cannot be envisaged how another similar premises operating these hours of trading would not add to the issues with regards problem street drinkers in the Armley Town Street area.”
One objector said: “We would be devastated if this application was approved. It will set things back and destroy thousands of community volunteering hours that have been contributed in order to restore Town Street’s fortunes.
“Armley needs a mix of commercial and community provision on its high street, offering the supplies and services people need to live happily and healthily. It does not need an off licence.”
The premises are located within a cumulative impact area for Armley, which means it is more difficult to get permission to sell alcohol due to anti-social behaviour.
The agenda of the meeting, to be held at Leeds Civic Hall, and all the documents associated with the application can be read in full here.
Not another application to sell alcohol. How many such outlets does Armley Town Street need?
Why not give a license to a responsible retailer like Heron Foods rather than another “off licence” who sell to the underage!