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Opposition to Armley change of hours licence – council to decide application next week

An application by an Armley shop owner to change the hours he can sell alcohol has been opposed by police, councillors and the local MP.

Mr Shamil Khalil runs Armley Food Centre in Town Street and wants 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.

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 has a number of operating conditions attached including CCTV operation and a Check 25 policy on under-age drinking.

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But even with the reduced hours, his application has been opposed by police, Leeds West MP and all three Armley councillors.

They say 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.

A council report accompanying the application states: “An applicant wishing to vary a licence for premises which fall within any of the cumulative impact areas must identify, through their operating schedule, the steps they intend to take so that the council and responsible authorities can be satisfied that granting this variation would not add to the impact already being experienced.”

Members of Leeds council’s licensing sub-committee will consider the proposals at Leeds Civic Hall next Tuesday, 1 March, at 10am.

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