by Nigel Bakhai on 6 November, 2013
I have recently campaigned against plans by the Shell garage in Church Road in Hanwell for a new 24 hour licence to sell alcohol seven days a week.
I wrote to the Licensing team at Ealing Council to register my objections to the application:
“Please can I register my objection against this application in the strongest possible terms on the grounds of prevention of crime and disorder as well as public nuisance.
Hanwell town centre already has a large number of off licences and public houses in close proximity of this site, and has long suffered from a serious problem with large numbers of street drinkers and the associated nuisance resulting from their anti-social behaviour in the area such as litter, fighting, begging and public urination.In particular large groups of street drinkers congregate in the St Mellitus Church garden opposite this garage. In recent years, the Elthorne safer neighbourhood police team has had one of the highest rates of alcohol confiscation and arrests relating to alcohol abuse in the borough, and preventing anti-social behaviour caused by alcohol is one of the Elthorne ward SNT priorities.
Any proposals for new licensed establishments that would further compound the current problems in Hanwell town centre should be strongly resisted and we absolutely do not want one that potentially sells alcohol 24 hours a day 7 days every week in this location.”
This application went to a Licensing hearing at Ealing Town Hall which I attended. Unfortunately, a premises licence was granted by the Licensing committee for the Shell garage. However, we were able to reduce the hours that they are able to sell alcohol down to 8am to 11pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 10.30pm on Sundays. Further conditions were added to prohibit the sales of high strength beers (over 5.5% ABV), no single cans of beer, lager or cider will be sold and, furthermore, no miniatures or quarter bottles of spirits.Leave a comment