A Liverpool supermarket faces a struggle to get an alcohol licence after the police opposed its application and councillors said the road it is on already suffers from violence, disorder and urination and defecation linked to drinking.
Lukasz Kotusiewicz has applied for an alcohol licence for Biendronka at 4 Prescot Road.
However, the shop will sit within a cumulative impact zone, a special area where there is a presumption against granting licences due to issues linked with the number or density of existing licensed premises in the area.
The three councillors for Kensington and Fairfield, the ward the shops sits in, have said the road already suffers from antisocial behaviour linked to street drinking and have warned another off licence will make it worse.
In their statement, councillors Liam Robinson, Wendy Simon and Sue Walker said: “The area suffers from a large amount of street drinking which leads to large amounts of crime and disorder. This disorder has led to street drinkers being rowdy and disorderly in the street, and urinating and defecating.
“On occasions this lead to bouts of violence amongst drinkers. This is a cause of real concern for local residents. Equally problems still remain in the area as it remains an anti-social hotspot for Merseyside Police, with the requirement for a dispersal order having been used recently by the Police.
“As the street drinking, anti- social and crime issue remain in the wider area along Kensington and Prescot Road a license at this premises would only reverse some of the positive progress and have a negative cumulative impact.”
Merseyside Police and the council’s licensing department have also opposed the application due to its location in the cumulative impact zone.
Kotusiewicz will be able to make his case in support of granting an alcohol licence to Liverpool Council’s licensing and gambling sub-committee on October 30.