Green light given for new town off-licence despite objections

43, Wide Bargate, Boston.
43, Wide Bargate, Boston.

An application for a new off-licence in Boston’s Wide Bargate has been granted despite objections from some members of the public.

At a hearing on Wednesday, Boston Borough Council’s sub-licensing committee heard an application from Jurijs Ogorodnikovs to concert 43 Wide Bargate into an off-licence and convenience store.

The premises, currently vacant, is on the corner of Pen Street – and some businesses and residents there formed an action group to oppose the plans.

Concerns included a potential increase in anti-social behaviour, litter and dangers for children using the area as a route from town schools.

But speaking on behalf of the applicant, solicitor Beris Brickles said Mr Ogorodnikovs already owned another off-licence in the town known as European Food, and operated this responsibly.

“It is a small convenience store selling alcohol. They have shown in the past they can run a proper business and comply with the rules,” he said, and also pointed to the fact there were a number of parking spaces and bins in the two car parks opposite.

He said there was a demand for alcohol and conveinece foods late at night from Eastern European shift workers on their way home at night, and was therefore applying for a midnight late opening from Friday-Sunday.

Speaking against the plans, objectors Jenny Brewster and Nicola Sherwood-Jones said the CCTV does not cover Pen Street, which already has an off-licence.

“Littering is a problem, and the CCTV does not cover the area.” said Mrs Brewster. “Drunken behaviour is often a problem and people are worried their businesses will suffer. We are quite frightened.”

The sub-committe decided to grant the licence, but only for a 11pm late opening, on the condition that the applicant installs a 24-hour CCTV camera in the store, and adheres to the policy of asking customers for identification if they look under the age of 25.